The Stone Raft

Author: José Saramago

A majestic tale, rich in allegory, wit and philosophy; another masterpiece from the Nobel prize-winning novelist José Saramago.

What if, one day, Europe was to crack along the length of the Pyrenees, separating the Iberian peninsula?

In Saramago’s lovely fable, the new island is sent spinning, like a great stone raft, towards the Azores. While the authorities panic and tourists and investors flee, three men, two women and a dog are drawn together by portents that burden them with a bemusing sense of responsibility. Travelling at first packed into a car, then into a wagon, they take to the road to explore the limits of their now finite land, adrift in a world made new by this radical shift in perspective.

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A majestic tale, rich in allegory, wit and philosophy; another masterpiece from the Nobel prize-winning novelist José Saramago.

What if, one day, Europe was to crack along the length of the Pyrenees, separating the Iberian peninsula?

In Saramago’s lovely fable, the new island is sent spinning, like a great stone raft, towards the Azores. While the authorities panic and tourists and investors flee, three men, two women and a dog are drawn together by portents that burden them with a bemusing sense of responsibility. Travelling at first packed into a car, then into a wagon, they take to the road to explore the limits of their now finite land, adrift in a world made new by this radical shift in perspective.

Published by Vintage
Paperback
2000
ISBN: 9781860467219
Translated by Giovanni Pontiero