His works reveal a strong influence from Saer, especially at the stylistic level of what Saer once memorably called “la selva espesa de lo real” (“the dense. Saer, die kort daarvoor met pensioen was gegaan als hoogleraar aan de Universiteit El limonero real (roman); La mayor (verhalen); El arte de Lo imborrable (roman); La pesquisa (roman); La selva espesa. Juan José Saer, author of The Witness, on LibraryThing. 42 copies; La mayor 31 copies; El limonero real 14 copies, 1 review; Lo imborrable 10 copies inéditos 3 1 copy; Martorul 1 copy; La selva espesa (Textos de difusion cultural) 1 copy.
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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. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Hilary Vaughn Dobel Translation. Their trip, which ends in disaster and fire, is a brilliant tragicomedy thanks to the various insanities of the patients, among whom is a delusional man who greatly over-estimates his own importance and a nymphomaniac nun who tricks everyone—even the other patients—into sleeping with her.
Fascinating as a faux historical novel and written in Saer’s typically gorgeous, Proustian style, The Clouds can be read as a metaphor for exile—a huge theme for Saer and a lot of Argentine writers—as well as an examination of madness. Five of his novels are available from Open Letter Books. She is the author of two manuscripts and, in addition to Saer, she has translated work by Carlos Pintado.
Paperbackpages. Published May 10th by Open Letter first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about The Cloudsplease sign up. Lists with This Book. Il tema del viaggio, talvolta abusato, come paradigma di ricerca e scoperta in questo romanzo viene invece usato in modo insieme potente ed etereo, una raffinata prosa per uno dei temi fondamentali della nostra esistenza la ricerca del centro di noi stessi.
Quel centro di noi spesso nascosto, occultato ma che se scoperto rivela ‘orizzonti’ sconfinati e affascinanti. This novel is a poem.
Dec 14, Jim rated it it was amazing Shelves: The year is Two doctors establish a mental hospital west of Buenos Aires. There, he is to pick up five patients, two from the city, two from Paraguay, and one from Cordoba.
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They travel in a wagon train with a military escort and have to face high water, hostile Indians, and a wildfire — not to mention the vagaries of their delva and escort — before they make it to the hospital.
For Saer, who spent the latter part of his life in Rennes, France, the area known as El Litoral is not only magical: It is eeal the scene of his novels, much like Faulkner with his Yoknapatawpha County. Both writers use recurring characters, in this case in the framing prologue. At one point, Real tries to see inside the mind of his reap For a second, I had the unmistakable impression that [the horse] was putting on and then, almost immediately, the total conviction that it knew more of the universe than I did, and therefore understood better than I the reason for the water, for the gray grasses, for the circular horizon and the flaming sun that glistened on its sweaty hide.
With that conviction, I found myself all at once in a different world, stranger than the ordinary one, in which the outer world was unfamiliar ls me, and so was I to myself. Everything had changed in a flash, and my horse, with its impenetrable calm, had wrested from me the center of the world and expelled me, without violence, to its edge.
During the wildfire, Real describes birds who, to grab lower-flying insects, dip into the fire and shriek as the flames roast them alive. At one point, he says, “[I]t is easier for us to calculate the movements of the furthest star than to imagine the thoughts of a dove. Over the next year, I hope to read whatever else by Saer I can find. Jan 23, Shiona Tregaskis rated it it was amazing. If Blood Meridian had been vaporised and then condensed by the spirit of the nouveau roman, it might have turned out a little bit like this.
La prueba de un buen escritor es que no importa el argumento. No es este el caso. Me gusta Saer, por supuesto: Pero Las nubes no es su peor -ni su mejor- libro. Una novela de viaje, La prueba de un buen escritor es que no importa el argumento. Una novela de viaje, ficticia. I read it in Spanish even though I don’t speak Spanish szer well, I don’t know if an English translation rewl available but its worth the read.
A psychiatrist takes a group of mentally ill patients on a caravan to a place where they can call home. Oct 08, Tom McCormick rated it did not like it. The book was very hard to get through and nothing happened.
No lo hago con veleidades de historiador porque no tengo ninguna fe en la historia. Por eso es que casi todo el mundo prefiere encontrar la causa de los males en el cuerpo. Muchos dicen que no es su mejor libro. View all 4 comments. May 07, Melissa rated it it was amazing Shelves: I received a review copy from Open Letter via Edelweiss. As Garay reads the beginning of the story he learns that no one is sure whether or not this story is pure fiction or has any truth to it.
At times the story seems far fetched and ridiculous, but the ways in which these doctors treat the insane I received a review copy from Open Letter via Edelweiss. The narrator of this manuscript is Dr. Real, whose ironic name is a not-so-subtle stroke of genius by Saer. Real meets his mentor in Europe while in medical school and accepts the position to eaer as his assistant while they establish an asylum for the insane in Argentina.
Saer handles the sad plight of the mentally ill in the seelva century with sympathy as he describes their illnesses which are little understood in that time period.
Most rexl the patients in the hospital are dropped off by the rich and elite who are embarrassed by their mentally ill family members. It is sad that many of the patients end up with Dr. Real, not because a family wants their love one to be cured, but because they are fend up and ashamed by the stigma of such an illness.
Saer dwells on the fact that Dr. Real and his mentor employ the kindest possible treatment for their patients. When the rsal is built, Dr. Real is given the task of going to Aser Fe to collect five of the patients that will be treated in the clinic.
The journey from Argentina to Santa Fe is dangerous for many reasons and doing it with five very ill patients makes the journey seem absolutely absurd at times. Saer brilliantly describes the symptoms and backgrounds of all five mental patients. Among them are a nymphomaniac esoesa who believes she needs to have sex with as many men as possible in order to unite the human with the divine.
There is also an upper class gentlemen who seems well-dressed and charming at first, but after speaking with him for only a few moments Dr. Real discovers this man is severely manic. There are also three young men, two of which selvz symptoms of Tourette Syndrome as they repeat certain phrases and noises. Reap other is a young man who repeats the same motions with his hands and seems to be suffering with some type of an obsessive compulsive disorder.
The real danger is on the trip back to Argentina when Dr. Real must keep his patients calm while navigating the various treacheries of the plains. When they set out it is winter and the constant cold and damp makes everyone miserable. They must constantly alter their course to avoid the flooding river and the constant threat of hostile Indians.
The nun is someone that Dr. Real has a particular time controlling because she is successful at seducing the military troops who are supposed to be guarding the caravan. By the end of the journey the nun is the best guarded person in the caravan as the soldiers rarely leave her side. We feel cold when the winter sets in, damp when the rivers flood and terrified when a fire ser the caravan. The comparisons between Dr. Real and Aeneas are endless saee I thought about both stories.
But on the most basic level, Aeneas is the perfect hero and role model for Dr.
Real who is attempting his own dangerous and seemingly impossible trek across a harsh landscape. I cannot recommend this author highly enough. Saer nos habla de nosotros mismos y nos obliga a mirar aquellos aspectos de los que, probablemente, no nos sentimos desmasiado orgullos.
Me gusto aunque a partir de la mitad del libro se me hizo un poco pesado. May 17, Kobe Bryant rated it really liked it.
Very Proustian, but it’s got a lot of other layers too. Mar 08, Anne rated it did not like it. Apr 30, Sonnet Fitzgerald rated it really liked it. I have a theory about this book that’s the kind of thing my English teachers always used to roll their eyes at me for. He gifted me with six volumes of a French translation of Virgil, a poet for whom we discovered a mutual admiration For me, every challenge on our road is tied to a verse of Virgil, and to this very day the harsh sensations of travel and the subtle music of the verses bleed together in my memory More than once I saw myself traveling the plain like Aeneas di I have a theory about this book that’s the kind of thing my English teachers always used to roll their eyes at me for.
More than once I saw myself traveling the plain like Aeneas did the strange and hostile sea. It’s not perfectly the same, but there are many similarities, and this can help explain the story where the plot or conflict seems to falter. Why the numerous character studies of patients, all crazy in specific ways?