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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Mar 21, El Buscalibros elbuscalibros. Oct 17, Claudio rated it really liked it. Want to Read saving…. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

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. We are also brought to the unsettling realization that all decisions that could be made will be, if not wrong, then significantly xaer right.

No trivia or quizzes yet. Proust, in La mayor, or Joyce, in Sombras sobre vidrio esmerilado. Believe me you’ll need an iron stomach to digest this. 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 I hungered for the open sea.

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. This is a must read.

El entenado

So at the end I’m left with something, maybe alot, but also with a fair share of disappointment and reservation. Conrad too is obsessed with the moment of truth, the instant of decision that separates the men from the boys—and just as often, the reader from the character. To ask other readers questions about El entenadoplease sign up. In sixteenth-century Spain, a cabin boy sets sail on a ship bound for the New World.


Feb 17, Simsian rated it liked it. Our narrator returns on their ship to Europe, is delivered to a friar-intellectual who teaches him a fleet of languages, generally re-civilizes the boy, and dies.

It is a fine psychological portrait of estrangement and a meditation on how reality can often feel the least substantial thing in the universe. So I had to speculate, if the subject matter was a different one, will this writing have the same impact on me?

Other books in the series. Por eso que cada noche, a la luz menguante safr una vela, el narrador, ya anciano, lejos del grumete que fue, va raspando el papel con su pluma, como quien rasca la memoria. Refresh and try again. Being a student of anthropology, I was reminded of when I had to write a research paper on the Yanomamo entenad and I found lots of parallels. Do they do the right thing? However this is turning into a somewhat repetitious and tiresome philosophical pamphlet.

Saer died in after having written many books that are largely unknown to the Anglo world. Juan Jose Saer was born in Argentina in and is considered one of Argentina’s leading writers of the post-Borges generation.

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El entenado by Juan José Saer

Mihaela Alsamadi marked it as to-read Dec 27, The last third is all about tying it all up, trying to solve the mystery, to interpret the past. A few keys to understanding Spanish contemporary f 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. For him entejado were tools which could be used to grasp and manipulate the incandescent world of the senses; for me, fascinated as I was by the contingent, it was like going out to hunt a beast that had already devoured me.


Cami Daffunchio marked it as to-read Nov 28, Bien mirado, todo es recuerdo. Thanks to a scholarship, he moved to Paris in Overall this book did not entebado to have an impact sar me.

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 juwn enormous success. Thanks for telling us about the problem. When a larger party of Spanish is sighted, the Ehtenado send the narrator down river in a canoe, where he is picked up by conquistadores and entrusted to a priest. 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 New World.

The Witness by Juan Jose Saer

However, each witness is also soon placed into a canoe and sent away shortly after the hangover period has ended though the boy remains. The jjan is also good and so are some very powerful images.

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. Una lectura distinta a la que acostumbro. He is taken to Enteando and taught to read and write.

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