His works reveal a strong influence from Saer, especially at the stylistic level of what Saer once memorably called “la selva espesa de lo real” (“the dense. Saer, die kort daarvoor met pensioen was gegaan als hoogleraar aan de Universiteit El limonero real (roman); La mayor (verhalen); El arte de Lo imborrable (roman); La pesquisa (roman); La selva espesa. Juan José Saer, author of The Witness, on LibraryThing. 42 copies; La mayor 31 copies; El limonero real 14 copies, 1 review; Lo imborrable 10 copies inéditos 3 1 copy; Martorul 1 copy; La selva espesa (Textos de difusion cultural) 1 copy.
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Fiction writer and journalist. El arte de narrar: Por un relato futuro: As a son of Syrian immigrants to South America living in his adopted France, Saer has gone on to write a group of novels that, inspired by and yet breaking with the traditions established by other Argentinian writers such as Jorge Luis Borgeshave been “freed” due to their author’s self-imposed exile, “from the narrowness of much of what has been written” in Argentina in the late twentieth century.
According to Caistor, Saer has been free to experiment with his own literary style, and has become known for his “bold, probing use of the Spanish language. Espesx with the Grupo Adverbio formed by young Argentinian intellectuals during the s, Saer wrote poems, short stories, and essays.
As Evelia Romano explained in Latin American Writers, “In Saer’s early work, the preference for marginal characters, countrymen, and urban workers; a fascination with rendering their spoken language; and minute descriptions of their daily activities to reveal psychological processes are among the techniques that reflect [Grupo Adverbio’s] …neorealistic influence.
Stranded among the native tribes for a decade, de Solis witnesses reeal cannibalism the natives practice during an annual ceremony, and on his return to Spain cannot wholly readjust to European civilization.
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As Amanda Hopkinson explained in her Times Literary Supplement review, de Solis “has lost all sense of his own reality” and during the “picaresque travels in love-life Spain” following his return, for de Solis “there is no sense of return, recognition or belonging. On the contrary, the former cabin-boy turned religious hermit then strolling actor retains an Indian vocabulary that treats ‘being’ and ‘seeming’ as synonymous.
According to Romano, characteristic of Saer’s more mature works, The Witness is “distinguished by a more linear organization of the story and a noticeable reduction in the repetition of scenes and narrative sequences. Walker cited as both an examination of the nature of native Americans and an exploration of “philosophical concepts like existence, reality, time, memory, being, nothingness, and …otherness.
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Other ssaer by Saer translated into English include The Event, a novel that focuses on a nineteenth-century English telepath who flees to the pampas of Argentina after being exposed as a fake. In Nobody Nothing Never, the English translation of Saer’s novel Nadie nada nunca, the mysterious shooting of horses in the town of Rincon prompts Don Layo to send his prized animals to safety before the situation descends into political violence.
Praising the book se,va a “rich and complex novel,” New York Times Book Review contributor James Polk cited in particular the author’s heady mix of “conflict, characters and symbols” and the “precise and lively” translation by Helen Lane. Nobody Nothing Never is “wonderfully evocative of lz political violence, tension, fear, languor and the furtive excitement of illicit love,” wrote M.
Wynn Thomas in the Times Literary Supplement, while in the Review of Contemporary Fiction contributor Jack Byrne dubbed it “an antidote to the excesses of magic realism.
Paratextuality and History in Postmodern Fiction,” pp. Publishers Weekly, August 23,review of The Witness, p. Wynn Thomas, review of Nobody Nothing Never, p.
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