Juan José Saer

ARGENTINA, 1937 - PARIS, 2005

He settled in Paris in 1968, and began teaching at the University of Rennes. The vast narrative achievement of Juan José Saer, considered one of the maximum expressions of contemporary literature in Spanish, consists of twelve novels, five collections of stories, several essay collections and one book of poetry. His narratives form a cycle, characterized by a concrete landscape, the Littoral region of Santa Fe where he was born, and a rich complex array of characters which expand and branch out in episodes outlined in one text and taken up again, much later, in another. Among the many awards he received, noteworthy are the Nadal Prize 1986 for the novel The Occasion and the France Culture Prize 2003 for the best book written by a foreigner. In 2004, he was awarded the Unione Latina di Letterature Romanze, instituted by the trust of the Presidency of the Republic of Italy with the patronage of several ministries of this country in addition to the Ministries of Culture of Spain and Portugal, the Instituto Cervantes and various others institutions.


Saer on The New York Review Of Books

“Saer has constructed an extraordinary architecture based on a multitude of infinitely intercut plans […] one could say that saer has read all literature, listen to every kind of music, debated all the philosophers, and that the mixed waters of the rio de la Plata sweep along a joyful and inimitable discourse that flows between the shores of all cultures.”



"Many of us search in literature what Saer found in a perfect way. He challenges us in a way only done also by Borges: the dilemma of how to write after what they did".




“...to say that Juan Jose Saer is the best contemporary argentinean writer is to do an injustice to his achievement. More exact would be to say that Saer is one of the best contemporary writers in any language and that his work, like that of Thomas Bernhard or Samuel Becket, exists beyond all frontiers, in that no man's land which is the unique region of literature...”



"A perfect writer from the very start."



«With meticulous prose, rendered by Dolph's translation into propulsive English, Saer's novel captures the wilderness of human experience in all its variety, as well as the "blind, incomprehensible, ceaseless drift" of time.» 

JASCHA HOFFMAN (THE NEW YORK TIMES), about The Sixty-five years of Washington [Glosa] 

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By Juan José Saer

  • Trabajos

    ESSAYS, 2006

  • The Big One

    NOVEL, 2005

    Final novel, this vast gallery of characters described in a vivid and meticulous style is also a compendium of the entire work of Saer and the culmination of his literary project. Another return...

  • Cuentos completos

    SHORT STORIES , 2001

  • Lugar


  • La narración objeto

    ESSAYS, 1999

  • The clouds

    NOVEL, 1997

    The Clouds tells the story of a young psychiatrist who takes five insane people to a clinic, travelling from Santa Fe to Buenos Aires. With him go thirty-six characters: mental patients, an escort...

  • La pesquisa

    NOVEL, 1994

    This labyrinthine work by Juan José Saer contains two parallel investigations into the complexities of madness, memory and crime. The cases; the famous mystery of a series of murders in...

  • Lo imborrable

    NOVEL, 1992

  • El rio sin orillas

    ESSAYS, 1991

  • Opportunity

    NOVEL, 1986

    Opportunity tells the tale of Bianco, a master of the occult who must leave Europe, hounded by what he calls ‘the conspiracy of the positivists of Paris”, settling on the bleak plains...

  • The Sixty-Five Years of Washington

    NOVEL, 1985

    An ironic, sentimental journey, Notes concentrates on incidental events and epiphanies, the most important aspects of the world of Juan José Saer who sees the art of fiction as being...

  • The Stepchild

    NOVEL, 1983

    Through the history of a Spanish voyage to Río de la Plata (today’s Argentina), a sixteenth-century member of the expedition travels through wild, nightmarish lands inhabited by...

  • Nobody nothing never

    NOVEL, 1994

    What discourse can really offer the complexity of the real life? How many versions of history are possible? At a bend in a river, some men share images and memories, between a suffocating...

  • El arte de narrar

    POETRY, 1977

  • The One Before


    What can you expect of a man who takes naps? Nothing but a stream of dense, raw fragments. The world might well shine brightly within them, if the world is capable of shining brightly.” Thus...

  • El limonero real

    NOVEL, 2010

    A family who live on the Santa Fe coast meet on the morning of the final day of the year to prepare for the celebrations that night, when a lamb will be roasted. Two absences afflict the central...

  • Cicatrices

    NOVEL, 2003

    Luis Fiore, a metalworker, murders his wife on the 1st of May. The episode serves as a basis for the four stories that make up this novel by Juan José Saer, originally published in 1969....

  • Unidad de lugar


  • La vuelta completa

    NOVEL, 1966

  • Palo y hueso


  • Responso

    NOVEL, 1964

  • En la zona


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