The Witness, Juan José Saer (trans. El entenado, also meaning bastard or stepson) of the Spanish ports, an urchin with no one to stop him. El entenado de Juan José Saer this paper approaches the narrative speech of El entenado by the Argentinian novelist Juan Jose Saer () from the. El Entenado by Juan José Saer, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide.
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When a larger party of Spanish is sighted, the Indians send the narrator down river in a canoe, where he is picked up by conquistadores and entrusted to a priest. Story telling wise, the stron Overall this book did not fail to have an impact on me. As I said, it makes a lasting impression. I prefer to start with the premise that ehtenado must be something worthwhile or at least allurin Do they do the right thing? There are no discussion topics on this book yet. I hungered for the open sea.
A similar feeling may attach to the joes of the novel; The Witness pulls you in more deeply the longer you spend thinking about its many provocations, reversals, intensities, and pleasures, and yet you will want to go out to meet it again and again. However huge the fire the only truth it leaves is ashes.
So I had to speculate, if the subject matter was a different one, will this writing have the same impact on me? There he is treated with ingratiating deference, prodded with smiles but wholly untouched. He developed lung cancer, and died in Paris inat age No podia parar de leerlo.
He had recently retired xaer his position as a lecturer at the University of Rennes, and had almost finished his final novel, La Grandewhich has since been published posthumously, along with a series of critical articles on Latin American and European writers, Trabajos It is a fine psychological portrait of estrangement and a meditation on how reality can often feel juwn least substantial thing in josd universe.
He is carried along by the Indians, who also carry with them the bodies of the Spanish who had fallen.
El Entenado : Juan José Saer :
One of the best books I’ve ever read. We have to consider the subject matter of it all, in this case: The last third is all about tying it all up, trying to solve the mystery, to zaer the past. However this is turning into a somewhat repetitious and tiresome philosophical pamphlet.
Unforgettably, the novel ends with the memory of a lunar eclipse, which troubles the tribe until the light slowly returns and re-establishes the tenuous existence of their world. Pero lo que el narrador nos revela o inventa no son las cosas o rituales extranjeros sino el pensamiento extranjero, o sea, el del Otro.
The Witness explores the relationship between existence and description, foreignness and cultural identity.
Margaret Jull Costa Translator. And that morning I learned from the battered man, now scarcely breathing, that virtue cannot save us from the surrounding blackness.
Classification by joss is acknowledged to have its defects, yet there is an alluring simplicity to it that comes to seem like common sense: He is kept by the cannibals as a witness and is treated reverently throughout his stay until they let him go.
It made me think and it seems the author did some thinking too while writing this. Where has the story telling gone to? Feb 16, Kobe Bryant rated it really liked it.
Bien mirado, todo es recuerdo. More than a Cretan Paradox or a metafictional wink, though, this moment forces a reader to make decisions about how to read the novel, decisions that have been almost completely unnecessary up to this point because of the smoothness of the prose and the fluidity of the plot.
Saer’s novels frequently thematize the situation of the self-exiled writer through the figures of two twin brothers, one of whom remained in Argentina during the dictatorship, while the other, like Saer himself, moved to Paris; several of his novels trace their separate and intertwining fates, along with those of a host of other characters who alternate between foreground and background from work to work.
Born to Syrian immigrants dl Serodino, a small town in the Santa Fe Province, he studied law and philosophy at the National University of the Littoral, where he taught History of Cinematography.
Conrad jolts us into judgment—is Jim a good man? The Witness has been read, predictably, as a sort of recapitulation of Heart of Darkness. The narrator describes an odd habit he eaer up while performing the spectacle of his captivity:. De la ventana, abierta al silencio de la noche, le llegan los recuerdos.
I actually read this book in Spanish El Entenado. Still, it seems a funny kind of vision to have dwelt saed so intently, an over-inflated short story or novella, vivid but claustrophobic, a too-long exposition of a too-narrow concept, which threatens to explode from its own internal pressure. It pricks josf into smartly guessing that it is told by an unreliable narrator, but then you realize that he is not unreliable enough to disbelieve him.
It is history looked at from the wrong end of a telescope, but the telescope is cloudy on both ends. Juan Jose Saer was born in Argentina in and is considered one of Argentina’s leading writers of the po In sixteenth-century Spain, a cabin boy sets sail on a ship bound for the New World. Want to Read saving…. Sometimes I would deliberately garble the meaning of my own speeches and deliver absurd and empty perorations in the hope of getting some reaction from the audience.
Two notable quotes from this book there are several: Published June 1st by Serpent’s Tail first published This realization nevertheless does not diminish the force with which Saer has pushed us to this moment of decision. The prose, translated marvelously by the great Margaret Jull Costa, is preternaturally smooth; there are no jutting words to snag too much meaning, no swirls of rhetoric to turn aside the current.
He finds out that every year there is a mass slaughter and one survivor is brought back but usually they let him go. At one point, he describes the death of one of the tribe members: Feb 17, Simsian rated it liked it.