What a marvelous book. It was my first read of a Saramago novel.
Powell's In this charming Portuguese political fable by the author of The Gospel According to Jesus Christ, pandemonium occurs when the Iberian peninsula breaks loose literally and goes charging off into the North Atlantic.
Bureaucrats fret because the errant land mass is speeding straight toward the Azores; the Government of National Salvation plots to avoid impending disaster, but the former peninsula has its own agenda.
Meanwhile, five Iberian residents separately experience assorted phenomena they believe are connected to the rupture. One makes an ineradicable line in the earth, another becomes a human seismograph, another unravels a neverending sock, etc.
Through a series of coincidences and the efforts of a mute and nameless dog, the five find each other and begin a gypsylike peregrination to make sense of the peninsula's fractious behavior.
At times an unexpected darkness intrudes on these proceedings--Saramago heckles his characters occasionally for no discernible reason--and the conclusion seems abrupt, its somber notes ringing false.
However, the political reaction to this geological mishap is marvelously amusing--and greatly enhanced by the author's nimble prose and random metaphysical touches.A jangada de pedra = The stone raft, José Saramago The Stone Raft (Portuguese: A Jangada de Pedra) is a novel by Nobel Prize in Literature-winning Portuguese writer José Saramago.
It was written in /5. The Stone Raft tells the story of the Iberian Peninsula breaking free of Europe and begins to drift across the North Atlantic, five people are drawn together on the newly formed island-first by .
The Stone Raft by José Saramago, translated by Giovanni Pontiero Harvill, pp, £, November , ISBN 0 00 7 We all know what a Euro-novel is. The Stone Raft leaves the reader in no doubt that the Iberian peninsula, broken free from the continent, is an emblem of Saramago's conviction of a divided Europe, powerful north against.
When the Iberian Peninsula breaks free of Europe and begins to drift across the North Atlantic, five people are drawn together on the newly formed island-first by surreal events and then by love.
"A splendidly imagined epic voyage a fabulous fable" (Kirkus Reviews). Translated by Giovanni Pontiero. José Saramago (–), a superb comic novelist, at his best was the peer of Italo Calvino and Gabriel García Márquez. Cain, his last fiction, is a minor work, mostly valuable for its links to such permanent achievements as The Year of the Death of Ricardo Reis (), The History of the Siege of Lisbon (), The Stone Raft (), and most closely to The Gospel According to Jesus.