“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.
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The plot revolves around a cabin boy who is captured and who spends the next ten years living with a tribe of man-eating Indians in South America in the 16th century, but this vague and admittedly shocking description gives only an approximation of what Saer is doing in this work. It is a fine psychological portrait of estrangement and a meditation on how reality can often feel the le...more
"The memory of an event is not sufficient proof that it really happened."
"The unknown is an abstraction; the known, a desert; but what is half-known, half-seen, is the perfect breeding ground for desire and hallucination."
Born to Syrian immigrants in Serodino, a small town in the Santa Fe Province, he studied law and philosophy at the National University of the Littoral, where he taught History of Cinematography. Thanks to a scholarship, he moved to Paris in 1968. He had recently retired from his position as a lecturer at the U...more