In the Zone

Juan José Saer

SHORT STORIES, 1960. SEIX BARRAL NEW EDITION, 2004. 184 PAGES.

With now classic texts such as Tango del viudo (Widower's Tango) and Fuego para Rivarola (A Light for Rivarola), and characters who the reader can easily identify and empathize with -Tomatis, Pichón, Garay, Barco and Leto-, En la zona (In the Zone) by Juan José Saer is a fundamental book.

Written between 1957 and 1960, these stories define a space: the territory of language and organizes an aesthetic. The literature persistently describes a geographic environment -a city on the shore, the coasts and islands on the plains- making it and its variations the central theme of the book in an almost musical sense.

Re-read in the light of his later work, En la zona provides the foundations for a topography that stretches the relationship between fiction, writing and reality to breaking point. In this distinctively organized world encapsulated in each story, the stories and gestures of the protagonists -drinking, talking, walking and thinking- define a space of subjectivity, perception, memory and time.

En la zona offers the reader the chance to experience the purest state of an inimitable style: the originality of a young writer who would break new ground in Argentine literature.

PUBLISHED BY: Latin America SEIX BARRAL

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