Responso

Juan José Saer

NOVEL, 1964. EL ALEPH NEW EDITION, 2011. 784 PAGES.

In just over six hours, from the onset of night to dawn the next day, Barrios will realize that the past, although recent, has become definitive.

How had things happened? And, more importantly, why? The progressive deterioration of the subject, the authoritarianisms of the victim and the weight of conscience come together to provide an outline of a character beset by deep precariousness: that of existence itself.

All the keys to the writing of Juan José Saer appear in this essential work: the history of the country is used as a backdrop to tell the stories of individuals, the unstable relationship between time, space, memory and an obsessive description of tiny details until the reader's perception is thoroughly undermined.

Responso (Response), like prayers for the dead, reveals the lucid narrative voice of Saer, a fundamental author in the Argentine literary canon.

PUBLISHED BY: Latin America SEIX BARRAL | Spanish EL ALEPH

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