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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William marked it as to-read Nov 11, I hungered for the open sea.

So I had to speculate, if the subject matter was a different one, will this writing have the same impact on me? I actually read this book in Spanish El Entenado. Feb 17, Simsian rated it liked it. It pricks you into smartly guessing that it is told by an unreliable narrator, but then you realize that he is not unreliable enough to disbelieve him. 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. Conrad jolts us into judgment—is Jim a good man?

Many essays and texts published by these relatively young authors created a necessary disrupt The plot revolves around a cabin boy who is captured and who spends the next ten entebado living with a tribe of man-eating Indians in South America in the 16th century, but this vague and admittedly shocking description gives only an approximation of what Saer is sxer in this work.


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.

Thanks to a scholarship, he moved to Paris in Impresionante, todo nuestro barro antes de que sea nuestro. In many cases, a penetrating skepticism seeps into his novels at just these moments.

Al fin y al cabo fue un libro que me hizo reflexionar y teniendo en cuenta que es totalmente lo opuesto a lo que leo y me gusta leer, no lo he odiado.

Proust, in La mayor, or Joyce, in Sombras sobre vidrio esmerilado.

The Witness by Juan Jose Saer

He was an Argentine ex-pat living in Paris. Trevor Courtright rated it liked it Dec 28, So at the end I’m left with something, maybe alot, but also with a fair share of disappointment and reservation. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page.

El entenado by Juan José Saer

Aug 26, Zoe Luhtala rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: The narrator describes an odd habit he picks up while performing the spectacle of his captivity:. Open Preview See a Problem? To ask other readers questions about The Witnessplease sign up.

The tribe eats the slaughtered Spaniards with terrifying and minutely depicted gusto, has a graphically and intimately illustrated orgy, and falls into a sullen sleep. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.


The Witness

Alberto Castello marked it as to-read Nov 28, Why then only three stars I almost gave it two at one point? Mihaela Alsamadi marked it as to-read Dec 27, Two notable quotes from this book there are several: Este libro no puede ser tan bueno. Apr 26, Ross Mcelwain rated it it was amazing. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. In the tenth year the tribe spots a second European expedition sear immediately tumbles the narrator into a canoe and sets him down the river to be picked up.

For him they were tools which could be used to grasp and manipulate the incandescent world of the senses; for me, fascinated as I was by the entenao, it was like going out to hunt a beast that had already devoured me. However, each witness is also soon placed into a canoe and sent away shortly after the hangover period has ended though the boy remains.

Cami Daffunchio marked it as to-read Nov 28,