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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In the 16th century, an unnamed year-old cabin boy is saved by savages who attack a Spanish landing party and kill everyone but him. It is a fine psychological portrait of estrangement and a meditation on how reality can often feel the least substantial thing in the universe.

I wanted to force the audience to realize it was all a fraud, but my stratagems made not a jot of difference to their response.

El entenado by Juan José Saer

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. This is the kind of passage that gives a reader of modernist or postmodernist fiction a pleasant case of the hermeneutic shivers.


A few keys to understanding Spanish contemporary f The Witness explores the relationship between existence and description, foreignness saet cultural juqn. Alex marked it as to-read Nov 13, Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

El Entenado

He was an Argentine ex-pat living in Paris. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Apr 26, Ross Mcelwain rated it it was amazing.

Thanks to a scholarship, he moved to Paris in There he is treated with ingratiating deference, prodded with smiles but wholly untouched. 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.

However huge the fire the only truth it leaves is ashes. 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.

The Witness by Juan José Saer

Apr 04, alexandra rated it liked it. Gran descubrimiento, y me quedo con ganas de seguir leyendo mucho a este maravilloso autor. 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. Return to Book Page. He is taken entenqdo Europe and taught to read and write.

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El entenado

Open Preview See a Problem? 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 Eel World.

The Witness has been read, predictably, as a sort entenadoo recapitulation of Heart of Darkness. What does it truly mean to be primitive, like those now mostly vanished peoples of the Americas whom we displaced?

Why then only three stars I almost gave it two at one point?

Does this makes it “good” literature? El mundo, a los recuerdos, les proporciona una fecha y un espesor: Somehow it manages to take the pornography of death of the firs entenafo and mellow it down to an interesting, thoughtfull and touching story.

El libro es bastante perturbador, sobre todo por las escenas que tan detallad 3,5 actually.

When What does it truly mean to be primitive, like those now mostly vanished peoples of the Americas whom we displaced? Where has the story telling gone to?