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The Witness by Juan José Saer
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The Witness (original 1983; edition 2009)

by Juan José Saer (Author), Margaret Jull Costa (Translator)

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Title:The Witness
Authors:Juan José Saer (Author)
Other authors:Margaret Jull Costa (Translator)
Info:Serpent's Tail (2009), 168 pages
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The Witness by Juan José Saer (1983)

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A fascinating, beautifully written story of one young man's formative experience as an unwilling guest of a foreign, unknowable indigenous tribe. Told from the perspective of an old man assimilating and reminiscing about his decade-long life in another world, the story intersperses remembered events with ruminations on the nature of memory and the fabric of experienced reality as well as the attempt to faithfully commemorate the worldview of the indigenous tribe. ( )
  ELiz_M | Apr 6, 2013 |
It was OK; not sure why the thing got so many rave reviews. ( )
  KatrinkaV | Jul 19, 2011 |
A strange and deceptively quiet novel, at times reminiscent of Conrad and Charlotte Perkins Gilman's longer works, this is a wonder through one man's somewhat detached psychology. The explorations here move from being journalistic to philosophical, and readers who reach the end of the book will find that they've come to the end of a novel very different from what they first saw themselves entering. ( )
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Von jenen leeren Küsten habe ich vor allem die Unermesslichkeit des Himmels zurückbehalten.
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In 16th century Spain, a cabin boy sets sail on a ship bound for the New World. On landing, an inland expedition ends in disaster when the crew is attacked by Indians. This translation originally published: 1990.

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