Cipriano Algor, an ageing potter, lives with his daughter and her husband in the shadow of the Centre, a nebulous, constantly expanding conglomerate that provides his livelihood - until it decrees that it is no longer interested in his humble wares.
Together with his daughter, they craft a new line of small ceramic figurines and, to their bafflement, the Centre orders vast quantities.
But once the figures are complete, the Centre recants: there is no market for them.
Resigned to idleness Cipriano moves into the soulless megaplex, until late one night he comes across a horrifying secret in the bowels of the artificial city.
The Cave is a harrowing, joyful masterpiece: an Orwellian nightmare, a family fable and an uplifting love story.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 304 pages
- Publisher: Vintage Publishing
- Publication Date: 01/11/2003
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780099449157