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The Stone Raft | [Jose Saramago, Giovanni Pontiero (translator)]

The Stone Raft

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.
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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.

©1995 Jose Saramago (P)2011 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"[T]he political reaction to this geological mishap is marvelously amusing - and greatly enhanced by the author's nimble prose and random metaphysical touches." (Publishers Weekly)

"A lovely questing story in a lineage of… Don Quixote and Kipling's Kim…. [The Stone Raft] may be Saramago's finest work." (Los Angeles Times)

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