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 ...
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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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.
Publishers Weekly, 1995-02-20 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 proceedingsæSaramago heckles his characters occasionally for no discernible reasonæand the conclusion seems abrupt, its somber notes ringing false. However, the political reaction to this geological mishap is marvelously amusingæand greatly enhanced by the author's nimble prose and random metaphysical touches. (May)
Publishers Weekly, 1996-05-13 Portuguese novelist Saramago's surreal political fable follows the adventures of the inhabitants of the Iberian Peninsula after it literally breaks away from Europe. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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