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 ...Show synopsisWhat 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.Hide synopsis
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When the Iberian peninsula suddenly and slowly separates itself from Europe and drifts purposefully into the Atlantic the world reacts in a confused but predictable fashion. Jose Saramago focuses his story on five individuals who each experience their version of a vision of this event and who, through the course of the story, meet each other and travel through what is now an island together.
It 's a tale of discovery, love, humor, politics and life as only the author can tell it.
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