Thanks to a scholarship, he moved to Paris in where he taught at the University of Rennes. He had recently retired from his position as a lecturer at the University of Rennes, and had almost finished his final novel, La Grande , which has since been published posthumously, along with a series of critical articles on Latin American and European writers, Trabajos In the year , a first installment of his previously unpublished working notebooks were edited and published as "Papeles de trabajo" by Seix Barral in Argentina. A second volume soon followed, which was the result of five years of editing work by a team coordinated by Julio Premat, who wrote the introduction of the first volume.
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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. El episodio sirve de base a las cuatro historias que integran esta novela de Juan Jose Saer, publicada originalmente en Una interrogacion sobre el funcionamiento del mundo, sobre el conflicto entre el caos y el orden, sobre la posibilidad del conocimiento y la irrision de la experiencia humana.
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Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Cicatrices. So take my review with a grain of salt, or the understanding that I am deeply invested in this text and know it quite well. Also, I would really appreciate it if you would purchase this book, since it would benefit Open Letter directly. Reaffirmed my faith in fiction. So many good bits in here, like this one: "He's standing there, stock still, with the cue in his hand.
Watching how I slide the cue, aiming, slowly. He doesn't seem to see. Thinking of something else, for sure. Who knows what. Maybe he's thinking about a pair of tits, because he's one of those guys whose brains are all at the back, pressed against their spine by a big pair of tits that takes up at least eighty percent of their skull.
Some guys, all they have in there is a pair of tits--a pair of tits and nothing else. Of the four parts, my favorite has to be the second one, which features a retired attorney who turns down the chance to represent Fiore in favor of blowing literally all of his money on two weeks of gambling. The description of his addiction to baccarat is extremely convincing and, at the same time, very disturbing as he draws his year-old housekeeper into this desolate world from which he knows there's no real escape: "I don't play to win.
If there's money for food and to pay the bills, that's more than enough. Even if I have to use candles instead and only eat once a week, I'll still play. My departed grandfather used to say that the only way to win at poker was to cheat. Clearly, he was a man of a different generation. And one who didn't enjoy the game, in the end.
I would even play against a guy who is cheating me, if the scam allows me some chance. If I was looking for a good return I wouldn't play; I would get into business or go back to being a lawyer. And Steve Dolph's translation is absolutely masterful. I love the use of the word "madman" in place of "awesome".
I'm totally trying to incorporate this into my daily speech. View 2 comments. Episodi sperimentali tra ordine e caos Luigi Musa. View 1 comment. The guy had hollowed himself out to the bone, then thrown the shell out the window. Una historia de desilusiones muy bien contada. Beatriz Sarlo siempre recomienda esta novela para ingresar al mundo ficcional de Saer. Parece que no se equivoca. Buona lettura. Mar 18, Carlos Manzano rated it it was amazing.
Literatura en estado puro. I was really taken with the style of four first-person stories that have something sometimes very very little to do with a murder.
The structure and style of this novel is pretty stunning, and illuminates how life-changing events in one person or family's life can be just a blip on the screen, a story of a lousy afternoon for other people. But oh, the misognyny. I almost abandoned the book after the first fifty pages because of the misogyny.
Sure, it was written forty years ago, but - whoa. In I was really taken with the style of four first-person stories that have something sometimes very very little to do with a murder. The women in the book are shrill or silent, the men are all awful and violence and or cruel toward the women.
And generally I'm a fan of awful characters, but the way the awfulness played out, with harm directed at the women, was not awesome. Voltarei certamente, ainda assim, a Saer. High praise indeed, but in my view not entirely warranted. I've given this four because some of the writing is top quality, but there are also parts where it slips below that high level. There are four stories within this novel, all interlinked with a murder.
I'm not totally convinced by Saer, but it's well worth reading if, like me, you find Latin American fiction a refreshing antidote to the bland best sellers the blurb says that the author is the most important Argentine writer since Borges.
I'm not totally convinced by Saer, but it's well worth reading if, like me, you find Latin American fiction a refreshing antidote to the bland best sellers of the so-called major writers. He lived in France until his death in Despite not actually living in Argentina for the majority of his life, he is considered - at least according to his Wikipedia profile so this could be complete bullshit - to be "one of the most important Argentine novelists of the last fifty years. Unlike the other Argentine author that I had never heard of until I recently read them - Juan Filloy - there is more information in English available on Saer and there are more of his works available in translation as well.
This appears in great part to be due to the efforts of Open Letter. It doesn't really sound like it, because I've watered it down so much, but I do in fact mean that as a compliment. This is a slight work, exploring the murder committed by a thirty nine year old laborer who shot his wife in the face with a shotgun, twice.
The majority of the book - there are four sections - are spent in the first three sections, and focus on three different narrators whose lives are ever so briefly touched by the crime. And I do mean briefly: the first section is 80 pages long and has maybe 7 or 8 of those dedicated to the crime.
And even though the second section is narrated by a former friend of the murdered, it manages to concern itself even less with it. It's an interesting way of telling a story - one that I like I might add - in allowing a narrative to basically exist in the margins of the text. The four sections are each titled with a span of months, each section narrowing its focus a bit and covering a slightly smaller span until the final section of the book only covers one month, and even then only one single day of that month.
Again, it's effective and interesting. The single biggest strength of the book is the four distinct narrator utilized by Saer. Each is unique in voice, but all possess a monomaniacal view of the world that is both stifling and claustrophobic for the reader. That's not to say this is a work of suspense or a thriller by any means, just that Saer manages to cram the reader into a box with the narrators, but the box is only big enough for one, and the reader is the odd person out.
I thought this was strong, but not spectacular. It's recommended, but I wouldn't run off to The whole idea is very well presented, the episodes are brought in like parts of a movie, they can be read separately and still makse sense. But it was disgustingly perverted at times. Now, I still think the same but I find it even more gross. Seriously, it seems as if most of left leaning authors must include some The whole idea is very well presented, the episodes are brought in like parts of a movie, they can be read separately and still makse sense.
Every man is desperate for sex, every man is terrible to women, and in this case, I'm not sure it's exactly lauded, but they have a fascination with the kind of character that's "maternal but a slut", in their own words. Because "every woman is like that".
Juan José Saer