The Concept of Fiction

Juan José Saer

ESSAY. SEIX BARRAL, 1997. 296 PAGES.

El concepto de ficción (The Concept of Fiction) is a compilation of all of Juan José Saer's essays up to 1997, non-fiction work by a writer who was undoubtedly one of the most powerful and groundbreaking writers in Spanish fiction.

With an inclusive, penetrating vision, El concepto de ficción conveys a set of reflections on contemporary literature, placing special attention on the issues of literature in Latin America. In these essays, Jorge Luis Borges, Juan L. Ortiz, Antonio Di Benedetto, José Hernández, Domingo Faustino Sarmiento and Adolfo Bioy Casares establish a silent dialogue with William Faulkner, Alain Robbe-Grillet, Witold Gombrowicz, James Joyce, Marcel Proust, Henry James and Franz Kafka.

Lucid and experienced, exploiting the distance provided him by his residence in Europe, Juan José Saer expressed controversial, personal opinions on literature that undermined traditional prejudices about what the task of writing fiction is and should be.

 

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