“The evocative imagery and ideas revealed in The Witness are not easily forgotten.” — Washington Times
“Haunting and beautifully written.” — Independent on Sunday
The novel The Witness (1983) was inspired by a true story. 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.
"The Witness" explores the relationship between existence and description, foreignness and cultural identity. Juan José Saer offers a novel saturated with philosophical reflections, magnificently sculpted both conceptually and stylistically, in which the ugly and the repulsive alternate with the beautiful and the sublime, as in life itself by virtue of that universal cyclicity that rules the universe.