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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It is history looked at from the wrong end of a telescope, but the telescope is cloudy on both ends. He developed lung cancer, and died in Paris inat age The writing is also good and so are some very powerful juqn.
May 06, Ben Winch added it Shelves: Story telling wise, the strongest part of this book is the first third.
Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. The Witness explores the relationship between existence and description, foreignness and cultural identity.
The Witness by Juan José Saer
This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Ujan developed lung cancer, and died in Paris inat age 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.
This analysis is among the most powerful sequences in 20th century literature. I can see it clearly, the village sar the cannibals, encroached on by unreality and a lone truth-seeing witness. A brilliant little novel, thankfully reissued by Serpent’s Tale hopefully they will reissue The Event as well. Why then only three stars I almost gave it two at one point? To see what ell friends thought of this book, please sign up.
Believe me you’ll need an iron stomach to digest this. At one point, he describes the death of one of the tribe members: Alex marked it as to-read Nov 13, To ask other readers questions about El entensdoplease sign up.
This story has it’s fair share of philosophy, which as a former student of philosophy I do not consider in general a bad thing.
While the authors ideas are provocative, his expression of the transient existence of the indigenous peoples of the Americas becomes heavy handed and repetitive. He is taken to Europe and taught to read and write.
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, jan, and pleasures, and yet you will want to go out to meet it again and again. Do they do the right thing? Mihaela Alsamadi marked it as to-read Dec 27, Refresh and try again. However this is turning into a somewhat repetitious and tiresome philosophical pamphlet. What follows is a strange orgy in ebtenado the Indians go at one another, irrespective of age or kinship.
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. However huge the fire the only truth it leaves is ashes.
However, each witness is also soon placed into a canoe and sent away shortly after the hangover period has ended though the boy remains. He had recently retired from 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 Alberto Castello marked it as to-read Nov 28, Our narrator, never at home in the surprisingly cosmopolitan monastery, absconds and turns his heavily edited experiences into a play, traveling across Europe in one of the best sections of the book, performing for monarchs and the masses to enormous success.
Almudena added it Dec 07, Still, it seems a funny kind of vision to have dwelt on 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. The Witness has been read, predictably, as a sort of recapitulation of Heart of Darkness. Conrad jolts us into judgment—is Jim a good man?