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BY JUAN JOSE SAER: PARATEXTUALITY AND HISTORY of Saer’s plot is derived from colonial writings, rendering El entenado a story within a story, or. 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 by Juan José Saer, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide.

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What follows is a strange orgy in which the Indians go at one another, irrespective of age or kinship.

El mundo, a los recuerdos, les proporciona una fecha y un espesor: Conrad too is obsessed with the moment of truth, the instant sxer decision that separates the men from the boys—and just as often, the reader from the character. In the tenth year the tribe spots a second European expedition and immediately tumbles the narrator into a canoe and sets him down the river to be picked up.

The Witness

Return to Book Page. One of the best books I’ve ever read. Este libro no puede ser tan bueno. Oct 17, Claudio rated it really liked it.

Alberto Castello marked it as to-read Nov 28, Lists with This Book. At one point, he describes the death of one of the tribe members: Open Preview See a Problem?

Me alegro de que lo sea y de no haberlo hecho. He is kept by the cannibals as a witness and is treated reverently throughout his stay until they let him go. During this time, he sees the cannibalism and orgiastic frenzy ten times. El libro es bastante perturbador, sobre todo por las escenas que tan detallad 3,5 actually. Really this book is an amazing accomplishment and I’d recommend it to anyone who wants to read something different.

He is taken to Europe and taught to read and write.

El entenado

Born to Syrian immigrants in 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. It is hallucinatory, but everything is pretty much as it seems. Published June 1st by Serpent’s Tail first published In vain he had, in calmer days, striven to be good; the gaping mouth over which he danced, innocent and poised, devoured him anyway. Two notable quotes from this book there are several: This book is not yet featured on Listopia.


A man writes about his experiences as a much younger man in South America in the 16th century, it’s only a sghort book and a little strange but compelling anyway. The writing is also good and so are some very powerful images. Want to Read saving…. The Witness has been read, predictably, as a sort of recapitulation of Heart of Darkness.

This realization nevertheless does not diminish the force with which Saer has pushed us to this moment of decision.

Story telling wise, the strongest part of this book is the first third.

The hangover lasts for a surprisingly long time, but after it has cleared our narrator finds the tribe to be practically obsessive in its routines and prohibitions of politesse.

At several points it engulfs you in an atmosphere which is hard to shake off. Well yes and no. No podia parar de leerlo. 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.

No trivia or quizzes yet. Refresh and try again. In the 16th century, an unnamed year-old cabin boy is saved by savages who attack a Spanish landing party and enteado everyone but him. Apr 04, alexandra rated it liked it. It allowed me to travel through time to the moment when America was discovered, so i could live for some years with the native, participate in their rituals and orgies, live in entenzdo jungle and feel the nature as never before. It made me think and it seems the author did some thinking too while writing this.


May 06, Ben Winch added it Shelves: The plot revolves around a cabin boy who is captured and who spends the next ten years living with a tribe of man-eating Indians in South Entenzdo in the 16th century, but this vague and admittedly shocking description gives only an approximation of what Saer is doing in this work. To ask other readers questions about The Witnessplease sign up.

However huge the fire the only truth it leaves is ashes. It is a pity it saaer not several hundred pages longer: So I had to speculate, if the subject matter was a different one, will this writing have the same impact on me? Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Ese evento de canibalismo es la columna vertebral de toda la historia.

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A similar feeling may attach to the reading 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.

Alex marked it as to-read Nov 13, Mar 21, El Buscalibros elbuscalibros. A brilliant little novel, thankfully reissued by Serpent’s Tale hopefully they entenad reissue The Event as well.