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The Witness

Imprint: Serpent's Tail
Pages: 172
Subject: Fiction, World Literature

The Witness

Juan José Saer

Paperback(Out of stock)
9781846686917 (23 Apr 2009)

About the book

In sixteenth-century Spain, a cabin boy is bound for the New World. An inland expedition ends in disaster when it is attacked by Indians, leaving the young boy, as sole survivor, to face his fate amidst the natives.

The Witness is a reflection on memory, on the role of objects in the construction of our world, on the relationship between existence and meaning, on foreignness, cultural identity and otherness.

About the author

Born in Santa Fé, Argentina in 1937, Juan José Saer was 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 1988, Juan José Saer was awarded Spain's prestigious Nadal Prize. His work is translated into all major languages. He died in 2005.


The most important Argentinean writer since Borges

- Independent

Saer's novel combines elements of the haunting metaphysical ambiguity of Jorge Luis Borges' poetry and Graham Greene's sensual description of the dark corners of the physical world and the human soul. The evocative imagery and ideas revealed in The Witness are not easily forgotten.

- Washington Times

Haunting and beautifully written... The author's preoccupations are reminiscent of his fellow Argentinians Borges and Cortazar but his vision is fresh and unique.

- Independent on Sunday

Let me make myself clear: The Witness is a great book and the name of its author, Juan José Saer, must be added to the list of the best South American writers.

- Le Monde

Shades of Melville and Conrad's Heart of Darkness

- Irish Times

Additional Information

Imprint: Serpent's Tail
Pages: 172
Subject: Fiction, World Literature