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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. More than a Cretan Paradox or a metafictional wink, though, this moment forces a reader to make decisions about how to read the novel, decisions that have been almost completely unnecessary up to this point because of the smoothness of the prose and the fluidity of the plot. Story telling wise, the strongest part of this book is the first third.

Really this book is an amazing accomplishment and I’d recommend it to anyone who wants to read something different. Saer died in after having written many books that are largely unknown to the Anglo world.

Gran descubrimiento, y me quedo con ganas de seguir leyendo mucho a este maravilloso autor. He is kept by the cannibals as a witness and is treated reverently throughout his stay until they let him go. Well yes and no. Y como nada del presente tiene la virtud de ser recordado, solo le fe ser mensajero de una historia ya vivida. Todo lo presente se reduce apenas a un lugar. Saer’s descriptions of the jungle entnado of the eating of human flesh are extremely rea I actually read this book in Spanish El Entenado.

The narrator describes an odd habit he picks up while performing the spectacle of his captivity:. At one point he s Classification by girth is acknowledged to have its defects, yet there is an alluring simplicity to it that comes to seem like common sense: Even aser we have the courage to find our way through one night, a e way of another longer night awaits us. In many ways, I think of it as the antidote to Robinson Crusoe. So sure it’s all symbolic in a way, xaer all serves a purpose and yes, good literature sometimes will make your stomach turn.

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Saer’s descriptions of the jungle and of the eating of human flesh are extremely realistic, but this not an adventure book. Who Was David Foster Wallace? Feb 17, Simsian rated it liked it.

The Witness by Juan José Saer

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. It allowed me to travel through time to the moment when America was discovered, so i could live for some years with the native, participate in their rituals and orgies, live in the jungle and feel the nature as never before. Believe me you’ll entenadp an iron stomach to digest this.

The Europeans find him, now bearded and unable to speak Spanish, though they do eaer enough out of him to locate the tribe and massacre it. I actually read this book in Spanish El Entenado. Thanks for telling us about the problem. The hangover lasts for a surprisingly long time, but after it has cleared jan narrator finds the tribe to be practically obsessive in its routines and prohibitions of politesse.

However, each witness is also soon placed into a canoe and sent away shortly after the hangover period has ended though the boy remains. 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. Story telling wise, the stron Overall this book did not fail to have an impact on me. 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.


To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. The last third is all about tying it all up, trying to solve the mystery, to interpret the past. Selected and Translated by Don To ask other readers questions about The Witnessplease sign up. In many cases, a penetrating skepticism seeps into his novels at just these moments.

The Witness

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. Published June 1st by Serpent’s Tail first published Do they do the right thing?

Some images are so strong they will stay with me for along time. 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. 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.

One of the best books I’ve ever read. He is taken to Europe and taught to read and write. In sixteenth-century Spain, a cabin boy sets sail on a ship bound for the New World. 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.