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Saer, the writer who named the Argentine ineffable

Juan José Saer, the Argentine writer who with a complex style of defining became a reference in Hispanic literature.

Art and Literature

Juan José Saer (Serodino, Santa Fe, 1937 — Paris, 2005) was a writer and critic with a unique ability to write in the present, including past and future, political and historical aspects of Argentina. Influenced both by local tradition, through Jorge Luis Borges, and by the experimentation of narration in the twentieth century, its characteristic feature constitutes prose under the flight of poetry. The poets Hugo Gola and, above all, Juan L. Ortiz marked a literary project that built in national literature a exceptional Saer Zone in twelve novels, five short story books, four essays and one of poems.

After the years of writer in Santa Fe with the initiatics “En la zona” (1960) and “Unidad de lugar (1967)”, which contains the fundamental story “Sombras sobre frosted glass”, and who alternates dictating cinema at the University of the Litoral and practicing journalism, obtained in 1968 a scholarship in France for six months that ended up being for life.

Saerian literature

In the Gallic country he wrote most of his work and practiced university teaching. Perhaps this explains in part the long silence about his work in critics and the Argentinepublic, as well as the appearance of his books in different publishing houses, in the times when its Creative Zone, the Santafesino coastline and its recurring characters, with “El limonero real” (1974) and “Nadie nada ever (1980)”.

The immortal twenty-one blocks that tour Ángel Leto and the Mathematician in “Glosa” (1986), or the outdated adventure novels “El entenado” (1983) and”The clouds "(1997), among which are already beginning to gain international recognition with translations and awards, such as the important Nadal Prize for “La ocasión” (1987), definitively establish aSaerianliterature , a poetics in prose, a philosophy lived, where we can expect everything in a dawn, in a dusk; and in a prayer apprehend the world again.

“ That there is a universe is by the way mysterious, but that I am walking this spring night in the peaceful darkness of the trees is even more so,” writes Saer in “Ligustros en flor” with the transcendence of the minimum. Our thing.

Says Juan José Saer

“ The opaque and swampy reality that is painstakingly rebuilt day by day and from whose magma thought and creation arise, is of a different order from that of that simplifying representation - of the media and a economic system

Publication Date: 28/06/2020

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