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.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 272 pages
- Publisher: Vintage Publishing
- Publication Date: 01/06/2000
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9781860467219