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CORTES ROCCA, Paola. El Cartógrafo. Una topología de la memoria en El entenado de J.J. Saer. Cuad.Sur, Let. [online]. 2003, n.32-33, pp. 221-237. ISSN 2362-2970.

The landscape, which occupies such a privileged place in El entenado, is not a consequence of geographic or regional determinism, but of a materialistic conception of the world and literature. This char- characteristic of Saer's writing implies a particular approach to the relation between literature -or language- and the so called 'world', the Real or, in Saer's more enigmatic and suggestive terms, 'the thick forest'. The landscape is not given: transforming Nature into a landscape implies finding the worlds to narrate it. Therefore, El entenado is a 'historical' narration: it is the story of a subject perceiving a territory -the world- and giving it to himself as representation; that is to say, transforming it into a landscape. In El entenado, the landscape condensates the narration of perception process and the mechanisms of memory that work in the scene of writing. Also, the landscape is the scene of a struggle for national representation within the frame of literary tradition. Landscape in El entenado creates a dialogue that fluctuates between the arguments against Sarmiento and Ebelot who, like the novel's main character, narrates another wold for his own group.

Palabras llave : Juan José Saer; Nature and culture; Memory.

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