Juan José Saer





Juan José Saer


Born
in Santa Fé, Argentina
June 28, 1937

Died
June 11, 2005

Genre

Influences


Juan José Saer was one of the most important Argentine novelists of the last fifty years.
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 University of Rennes, and had almost finished his final novel, La Grande(2005), which has since been published posthumously, along with a series of critical articles on Latin American and European writers, Trabajos (2006).
Saer's novels frequently thematize the situation of the self-exiled writer through the figures of two twin brothers, one of whom
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Average rating: 3.96 · 2,246 ratings · 239 reviews · 59 distinct works · Similar authors
La pesquisa

3.91 avg rating — 281 ratings — published 1994 — 18 editions
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The Witness

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Scars

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3.88 avg rating — 269 ratings — published 1969 — 14 editions
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El limonero real

4.23 avg rating — 98 ratings — published 1974 — 4 editions
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The Clouds

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Nobody Nothing Never

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The Sixty-Five Years of Was...

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4.10 avg rating — 126 ratings — published 1985 — 9 editions
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La Grande

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4.16 avg rating — 62 ratings — published 2005 — 7 editions
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The Event

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3.83 avg rating — 82 ratings — published 1996 — 8 editions
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El río sin orillas

4.24 avg rating — 29 ratings — published 1999 — 2 editions
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“Por el modo de vestirse, cada uno hace de su cuerpo una ficción.”
Juan José Saer, Glosa

“El momento presente no tiene más fundamento que su parentesco con el pasado.”
Juan José Saer, El entenado

“Entre tantas cosas extrañas, el sol periódico, las estrellas puntuales y numerosas, los árboles que repiten, obstinados, el mismo esplendor verde cuando vuelve, misteriosa, su estación, el río que crece y se retira, la arena amarilla y el aire de verano que cabrillean, el cuerpo que nace, cambia, y muere, palpitante, la distancia y los días, enigmas que cada uno cree, en sus años de inocencia, familiares, entre todas esas presencias que parecen ignorar la nuestra, no es difícil que algún día, ante la evidencia de lo inexplicable, se instale en nosotros el sentimiento, no muy agradable por cierto, de atravesar una fantasmagoría, un sentimiento semejante al que me asaltaba, a veces, en el escenario del teatro cuando, entre telones pintados, ante una muchedumbre de sombras adormecidas, veía a mis compañeros y a mí mismo repetir gestos y palabras de las que estaba ausente lo verdadero. Pero esa impresión, que todos tenemos alguna vez, es, aunque intensa, pasajera, y no nos penetra hasta confundirse con nuestras vidas. Un día, cuando menos nos lo esperábamos, nos asalta, súbita; durante unos minutos, las cosas conocidas se muestran independientes de nosotros, inertes y remotas a pesar de su proximidad.”
Juan José Saer, The Witness

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