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The Investigation [Paperback]

Juan José Saer

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Serpent's Tail (July 1 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1852422971
  • ISBN-13: 978-1852422974
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.8 x 1.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 136 g

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Book Description

A serial killer has brutally murdered 27 elderly women in the Bastille area of Paris. Every victim seems to have invited the killer into her home, to have enjoyed a meal, even a celebration before her death. In Argentina, meanwhile, an untitled manuscript by an unnamed author is discovered amongst the papers of a missing poet, known for his hatred of the novel. The Investigation is both a crime novel and a journey into the psyche of horror. It shows Saer at his very best.

About the Author

Born in Santa Fé, Argentina in 1937, Juan José Saer is the leading Argentinian writer of the post-Borges generation. In 1968, he moved to Paris and taught literature at the university in Rennes, Brittany. In 1998, Saer was awarded Spain's prestigious Nadal Prize. His work is translated into all major languages. He died in 2005.

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4.0 out of 5 stars For neither alcoholics nor the sleep deprived Nov. 13 2008
By D. Brigandi - Published on Amazon.com
Reading Saer's The Investigation provides both pleasure and pain. Endless sub-clauses prove excruciating for those who are memory challenged, ensuring that many sentences will need to be re-read and then, at times, read yet again. Proust is less convoluted in the construction of his text. However, whilst Saer's sentences are wonderfully punctuated and incredibly constructed, many a time, the meaning lost, one simply chooses not to re-read sentences simply because, at the end of the day, they add little to the progression of the narrative and, one suspects, have little merit in themselves. Nevertheless, one also stumbles on passages of exceptional beauty and superb insight. It very much appears that Saer has set out to toy with the reader and, as a formidable writer, is most capable of doing so. I admit to being a fan of neither Borges nor Cortazar (whilst appreciating the odd work of both) - it may be that Saer's work has a different audience in mind to one consisting of readers like me. Having laboured through Nobody Nothing Never, I was reluctant to embark upon The Investigation - I have, overall, been pleasantly surprised and will be keeping my eyes open for other works.

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