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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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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 juab evil.

El Entenado : Juan José Saer :

Something outside them, perhaps the fame that preceded us or the legend behind it which had inspired the play, had convinced them beforehand that our performance would have a meaning and so, instantly and mechanically, they were enraptured.

Well yes and no. Unforgettably, the novel rl 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.

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.

The Witness by Juan Jose Saer

When What does it truly mean to be primitive, like those now mostly vanished peoples of the Americas whom we displaced? Conrad jolts us into judgment—is Jim entenaro good man?

Saer’s descriptions of the jungle and of the eating of human flesh are extremely realistic, but this not an adventure book.

No podia parar de leerlo. In the tenth year the tribe spots a second European expedition and immediately tumbles the narrator into a canoe and sets him down the river to be picked up.

Marc Huber marked it as to-read Nov 12, At one point, he describes the death of one of the tribe members: It is hallucinatory, but everything is pretty much as it seems. Mihaela Alsamadi marked it as to-read Dec 27, And that morning I learned from the battered man, now scarcely breathing, that virtue cannot save us from the surrounding blackness.


Refresh and try again. He is carried along by the Indians, who also carry with them the bodies of the Spanish who had fallen. One of the best books I’ve dl read.

El Entenado

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. Overall this book did not fail to have an impact on me.

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. In vain he had, in calmer days, striven to be good; the gaping mouth over which he danced, innocent and poised, devoured him anyway. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to entenad. However, each witness is also soon placed into a canoe and sent away shortly after the hangover period has ended though the boy remains.

Me alegro de entenadoo lo sea y de no haberlo hecho. Return to Book Page. Almudena added it Dec 07, No trivia or quizzes yet. I hungered for the open sea. 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 sser South America.

Lists with This Book. Why then only three stars I almost gave it two at one point?

The book exists in a state of permanent estrangement; it zigs subtly away from the whole array of zags that novelists have added to their arsenal over the past century and a half or more. El libro es jsoe perturbador, sobre todo por las escenas que tan detallad 3,5 actually. Story telling wise, the strongest part of this book is the first third. What follows is a strange orgy in which the Indians go at one another, irrespective of age or kinship. We are also brought to the unsettling realization that all decisions that could be made will be, if not wrong, then significantly not right.


El entenado by Juan José Saer

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Published June 1st by Serpent’s Tail first published Two notable quotes from this book there are several: 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.

It is a fine psychological portrait of estrangement and a meditation on how reality can often feel the least substantial thing in the universe. Really this book is an amazing accomplishment and I’d recommend it to anyone who wants to read something different. 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.

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.

Teaching me Latin, Greek, Hebrew and science was the least of it: 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 Trevor Courtright rated it liked it Dec 28, 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.