The Witness

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Profile Books, 2009 - Fiction - 167 pages
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“The evocative imagery and ideas revealed in The Witness are not easily forgotten.”—Washington Times

“Haunting and beautifully written.”—Independent on Sunday

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 José Saer was born in Argentina in 1937 and is considered one of Argentina's leading writers of the post-Borges generation. He died in 2005.


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Beautiful...simply beautiful. For those of you who say you "don't know why this book gets such rave reviews," try reading it in Spanish. The English translation just doesn't capture some of what Saer is truly describing.

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A chilling philosophical adventure. Lord of the Flies, Heart of Darkness, Billy Budd ... but told with an eerily spare style that only heightens the tension. Read full review

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Born in Santa Fé, Argentina in 1937, Juan José Saer is the leading Argentinian writer of the post-Borges generation. In 1968, he moved to Paris and taught literature at the university in Rennes, Brittany. In 1998, Saer was awarded Spain's prestigious Nadal Prize. His work is translated into all major languages. He died in 2005.

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