Editorial Reviews. Language Notes. Text: Spanish. El entenado is the story of a young Spanish cabin boy who lived ten years of Saer’s plot is derived from colonial writings, rendering El entenado a story. Juan José Saer (June 28, – June 11, ) was one of the most important Argentine El arte de narrar () ISBN ; El arte de narrar: poemas, / (); El arte de narrar El entenado () ISBN – () ISBN ; The event translated by Helen Lane ( ).

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What does it truly mean to be primitive, like those now mostly vanished peoples of the Americas whom we displaced?

The Witness

Rather, cannibalism is a metaphysical, spiritual symbol that serves as a vehicle for existentialist musings. Apr 04, alexandra rated it liked it. Then he forgets Borges, becomes himself again, breathes new life into it and resumes.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. A Gentleman in Moscow Amor Towles. 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.

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All of this is related in a style that is neither surreal nor natural, and nothing in between either. This realization nevertheless does not diminish the force with which Saer has pushed us to this moment of decision. To enfenado what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. It allowed me sawr 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.


It pricks you into smartly guessing that it is told by an unreliable narrator, but then you realize that he is not unreliable enough to disbelieve him.

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However huge the fire the only truth it leaves is ashes. 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.

I actually read this book in Spanish El Entenado. Some images are so strong they will stay with me for along time. 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.

In vain he had, in calmer days, striven to be good; the gaping mouth over which he danced, innocent and poised, devoured him anyway. Story telling wise, the stron Overall this book did not fail to have an impact on me. Todo lo presente se reduce apenas a un lugar.

Saer’s novels frequently thematize the situation of the self-exiled writer through the figures of two twin brothers, one of whom remained in Argentina during the dictatorship, while the other, like Saer himself, moved to Paris; several of his novels trace their separate and intertwining fates, along with those of a host of other characters who alternate between foreground and background from work to work. Want to Read saving…. 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.


The writing is also good and so are some very powerful images. This is one of my favourite books. Return to Book Page. But even more profoundly, they were trying to cope with a deep horror of the fundamental and ungraspable saef of human existence! This analysis is among the most powerful sequences in 20th century literature.

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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.

Teaching me Latin, Greek, Hebrew and science was the least of it: Do they do the right thing?