CICATRICES DE JUAN JOSE SAER PDF

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Steve Dolph Goodreads Author Translator. Each of the stories in Scars explores a fragment in time when the lives of these characters are altered, more or less, by a singular event.

Paperbackpages. Jkse December 13th by Open Letter first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

To ask other readers questions about Scarsplease sign up. Lists with This Book. Mar 06, Jacob Wren rated it it was amazing. The guy had hollowed himself out to the bone, then thrown the shell out the window.

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Aug 24, Chad Post rated it it was amazing. I am the publisher of the book and thus spent approximately two years reading and editing and working on it. 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. Ficatrices many good bits in here, like this one: Watching how I slide the cue, aiming, slowly.

He doesn’t seem to see. Thinking of something else, for sure. 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 cicatricees two weeks of gambling.

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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: If there’s money sae food and to pay the bills, that’s more than enough. Even if I have to use candles instead jkan 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.

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Literatura en estado puro. Dec 07, Audacia Ray rated it liked it Shelves: 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.

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But oh, the misognyny. I jkse 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 sae 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.

Oct 12, Ronald Morton rated it really liked it Shelves: 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: 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 cicayrices only covers one month, and even then only one single day of that month.

Again, it’s effective and interesting. The ckcatrices 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 May 02, Aaron Typographical Era rated it really liked it Shelves: Oh no, that would be far too easy.

Scars, much like life, is a beautifully messy affair. He lives alone with d mother, a thirty-seven year old woman that he sees as a bit of an alcoholic and a whore.

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May 11, Karina rated it really liked it Shelves: High praise indeed, but in my view not entirely warranted. I’ve given this cicwtrices because some of the writing is top quality, but there are also parts where it sar 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. Aug 02, Blair rated it it was amazing. This is an amazing novel.

Saer is playing with narrative form, with four stories that converge towards shocking killing and its aftermath. The bulk of the first three stories is unrelated to the event that they close with, though. This is a very male novel that depicts some pretty uncomfortable misogyny it was written inbut as much as anything it’s about a disconnectedness that these four men feel from the world.

Their lives devolve into different patterns and rituals that they fixate o This is an amazing novel. Their lives devolve into different patterns and rituals that they fixate on. Long passages are, to be honest, quite boring as they describe gambling permutations or driving directions, but it’s all part of the overall effect and I think it’s a magnificent achievement.

Sep 08, Marie rated it did not like it. 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.

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Now, I still think the same cicartices 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 jos 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”. I honestly find such portrait of man-woman relationships highly reductionist and very poor in narrative matters, all we have is male characters who lose it and abuse or kill women. I mean, one of the characters even hits his own mother while masturbatorily fantasizing about countless women, and the other shots his own wife in the face.

I wish I could say it was interesting, but it was not. I’m guessing Truman Capote did it better. I’m not even asking for a “feminist” novel where the women need no man, but at least I could do with a bit something better than a masturbating teenager, a man addicted to gambling, and a murderer. View all 4 comments. If you like Borges although it’s not at all like his work.