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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El Entenado : Juan José Saer :
Return to Book Page. Margaret Jull Costa Translator. In sixteenth-century Spain, a cabin boy sets sail on a ship bound for the New World.
An inland expedition ends in disaster when the group is attacked by Indians. The Witness explores the relationship between existence and description, foreignness and cultural identity. Juan Jose Saer was born in Argentina in and is considered one of Argentina’s leading writers dee the po In sixteenth-century Spain, a cabin boy sets sail on a ship bound for the New World.
Juan Jose Saer was born in Argentina in and is considered one of Argentina’s leading writers of the post-Borges generation. He died in Paperbackpages. Published June 1st by Serpent’s Tail first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about The Witnessplease sign up.
Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Gran descubrimiento, y me quedo con ganas de seguir leyendo mucho a este maravilloso autor. A brilliant little novel, thankfully reissued by Serpent’s Tale hopefully they will reissue The Event as well. 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 America in the 16th century, but this vague and admittedly shocking description gives only an approximation of what Saer is doing in this work.
It is a fine psychological portrait of estrangement and a meditation on how reality can often feel the le A brilliant little novel, thankfully reissued by Serpent’s Tale hopefully they will reissue The Event as well. It is a fine psychological portrait of estrangement and a meditation on how reality can often feel the least substantial thing in the universe. In many ways, I think of it as the antidote to Robinson Crusoe. May 06, Ben Winch added it Shelves: 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.
Then he forgets Borges, becomes himself again, breathes new life into it and resumes. I can see it clearly, the village of the cannibals, encroached on by unreality and a lone truth-seeing witness. Overall this book did not fail to have an impact on me. Some images are so strong they will stay with me for along time. At several points it engulfs you in an atmosphere which is hard to shake off. It made me think and it seems the author did some thinking too while writing this. 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.
Why then only three stars I almost gave it two at one point? Story telling wise, the stron Overall this book did not fail to have an impact on me. Story telling wise, the strongest part of this book is the first third. As I said, it makes a lasting impression. The writing is also good and so are some very powerful images. Does this makes it “good” literature? Well yes and no. We have to consider the subject matter of it all, in this case: So sure it’s all symbolic in a way, it all serves a purpose and yes, good literature sometimes will make your stomach turn.
Believe me you’ll need an iron stomach to digest this. So I had to speculate, if the subject matter was a different one, will this writing have the same impact on me? The second third of this book is the best.
Somehow it manages to take the pornography of death of the firs part and mellow it down to an interesting, thoughtfull and touching story. The last third is all about tying it all up, trying to solve the mystery, to interpret the past. However this is turning into a somewhat repetitious and tiresome philosophical pamphlet. Where has the story telling gone to? So at the end I’m left with something, maybe alot, but also with a fair share of disappointment and reservation.
Mar 21, El Buscalibros elbuscalibros. Bien mirado, todo es recuerdo. El mundo, a los recuerdos, les proporciona una fecha y un espesor: Todo lo presente se reduce apenas a un lugar. Y como nada del presente tiene la virtud de ser recordado, solo le queda ser mensajero de una historia ya vivida.
Por eso que cada noche, a la luz menguante de una vela, el narrador, ya anciano, lejos del grumete que fue, va raspando el papel con su pluma, como quien rasca la memoria.
The Witness by Juan Jose Saer | Quarterly Conversation
De la ventana, abierta al silencio de la noche, le llegan los recuerdos. Two notable quotes from this book there are several: What does it truly mean to be primitive, like those now mostly vanished peoples of the Americas whom we displaced? 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.
He is carried along by the Indians, who also carry with them the bodies of the Spanish who had fallen. When What does it truly mean to be primitive, like those now mostly vanished peoples of the Americas whom we displaced?
When they arrive at a village in the interior, the bodies of the Spanish are butchered and eaten, while the narrator watches in horror.
What follows is a strange orgy in which the Indians go at one another, irrespective of age or kinship. No one harms the narrator, who is treated rather indulgently for ten years. During this time, he sees the cannibalism and orgiastic frenzy ten times.
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. He is taken to Europe and taught to jan and write. This analysis is among the most powerful sequences in 20th century literature. At one point, he describes the death of one of the tribe members: And that morning I learned from the battered man, now scarcely breathing, that virtue cannot save us from the surrounding blackness.
Even entenafo we have the courage to find our way through one night, a little way of another longer night awaits us. In vain he had, in calmer days, striven to be good; the gaping mouth over which he danced, innocent and poised, devoured him anyway. Our lives are lived in a place of terrible indifference which recognizes neither virtue nor vice and annihilates us all without compunction, without apportioning good or evil.
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.
Saer died in after having aaer many books that are largely unknown to the Anglo world. Impresionante, todo nuestro barro antes de que sea nuestro. Lovers of deep fiction. 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.
Feb 16, Kobe Bryant rated it really liked it.
Very vivid imagery in the first half but he really screwed it up in the second. So far in attempting this challenge, the books I liked the least were the historical novels in translation so I took quite a deep breath for this one but it turns out that The Witness is pretty good and different as well. It starts off a sort of Robinson Crusoe story, a young sailor crash lands on an island in the Americas and the whole crew are slaughtered by Indians, with the exception of him.
The narrator and the dead crew is brought back into the tribe and stays there for ten years the crew So far in attempting this challenge, the books I liked the least were the historical novels in translation so I took quite a deep breath for this one but it turns out that The Witness is pretty good and different as well. The narrator and the dead crew is brought back into the tribe and stays there for ten years the crew are eaten and form part of a ceremony that is equally bizarre and horrifying.
He finds out that every year there is a mass slaughter and one survivor is brought back but usually they let him go. Being a student of anthropology, I was reminded of when I had to write a research paper on the Yanomamo tribe and I found lots of parallels.
Oct 17, Claudio rated it really liked it. I actually read this book in Spanish El Entenado. It’s the story of a young man in a Spanish expedition in the new world whose entire group is captured and eaten by cannibals in South America. He is kept by the cannibals as a witness and is treated reverently throughout his stay until they let him go. He is a witness to the tribe’s periodic cannibilastic orgies, when most of the time they are a peaceful bunch.
Saer’s descriptions of the jungle and of the eating of human flesh are extremely rea I actually read this book in Spanish El Entenado. Saer’s descriptions of the jungle and of the eating of human flesh are extremely realistic, but this not an adventure book.
Rather, cannibalism is a metaphysical, spiritual symbol that serves as a vehicle for existentialist musings. Really this book is an amazing accomplishment and I’d recommend it to anyone who wants to read something different. It’s too bad Saer is not better known died not too long ago.