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Saer, Juan José
Juan José Saer Manuscripts
Manuscripts Division
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14 boxes and 6.2 linear feet
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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.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

This collection contains notebooks, notes, and drafts of Saer's writing, including notebooks for such works as Glosa, La grande, Nadie nada nunca, and La pesquisa. The collection includes drafts of essays, poems, and short stories and notes for novels. Also contains photographs of Juan José Saer and Santa Fe, Argentina.


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Collection Creator Biography:

Saer, Juan José

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.

Collection History


Purchased from Guillermo Schavelzon in December 2010 (AM2011-58).


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Alyssa Meyers in 2011 and updated by Jill Baron in 2011.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. To cite or publish quotations that fall within Fair Use, as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission is required. For instances beyond Fair Use, it is the responsibility of the researcher to determine whether any permissions related to copyright, privacy, publicity, or any other rights are necessary for their intended use of the Library's materials, and to obtain all required permissions from any existing rights holders, if they have not already done so. Princeton University Library's Special Collections does not charge any permission or use fees for the publication of images of materials from our collections, nor does it require researchers to obtain its permission for said use. The department does request that its collections be properly cited and images credited. More detailed information can be found on the Copyright, Credit and Citations Guidelines page on our website. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us through the Ask Us! form.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

For preservation reasons, original analog and digital media may not be read or played back in the reading room. Users may visually inspect physical media but may not remove it from its enclosure. All analog audiovisual media must be digitized to preservation-quality standards prior to use. Audiovisual digitization requests are processed by an approved third-party vendor. Please note, the transfer time required can be as little as several weeks to as long as several months and there may be financial costs associated with the process. Requests should be directed through the Ask Us Form.

Credit this material:

Juan José Saer Manuscripts; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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