Biography and History

Juan José Saer was an Argentine novelist, poet, and literary scholar. He was born in Serodino, Santa Fe, Argentina on June 28, 1937 to parents who had immigrated from Syria. After studying law and philosophy at the Universidad Nacional de Litoral in Santa Fe, Argentina, he went on to teach film history and criticism there. Saer moved to Paris in 1968 and served as a lecturer on literature at the Université Rennes, commuting from his apartment above Montparnasse station. He set his fiction in Santa Fe and Paris, using the term "zona" to refer to this inter-connected fictional landscape in which the same places and characters appear and re-appear. His first success, Cicatrices (1969), a collection of four stories linked by the same crime, began to articulate the boundaries of this fictional world. In such novels as Nadie nada nunca (1980) and La pesquisa (1994), Saer used the framework of crime fiction to explore the nature of representation and the limits of interpretation. Saer published twelve novels, five collections of short stories, numerous essays, and one poetry collection, and his novel La ocasión won the Nadal Prize in 1987. He died in Paris on June 11, 2005.

Source: From the finding aid for C1393

  • Juan José Saer Manuscripts. 1958-2004 (inclusive).

    Call Number: C1393

    Juan José Saer was an Argentine novelist, poet, and literary scholar. This collection contains his notebooks, notes, and drafts of essays, interviews, novels, poetry, and short stories. Also includes photographs of Saer and the city of Santa Fe, Argentina.