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This is an auction for THE STONE RAFT by Jose Saramago, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1989.

"The Iberian peninsula is set adrift from Europe owing to a crack in the mountain chain of the Pyrenees. The silent dogs of Cerbere begin to bark, a sign that the universe is coming to an end. People wander about aimlessly. The Portuguese government resigns as it becomes clear that the new island is going to collide with the Azores. With death and destruction seemingly imminent, a group of strangers ends up together, and their lives are transformed. Saramago, Portugal's most widely read contemporary novelist, here recounts the story of Europe's historical exclusion of Portugal and Spain. The novel leaves hope for the rebirth of society and the integration of the Iberian peninsula with Europe, a hope that GATT and the World Trade Organization can bring about."
- Library Journal (US)

From Wikipedia:

"José de Sousa Saramago (Portuguese: [1922-2010), was a Portuguese writer and recipient of the 1998 Nobel Prize in Literature. His works, some of which can be seen as allegories, commonly present subversive perspectives on historic events, emphasizing the human factor. Harold Bloom described Saramago as "the greatest living novelist" and considers him to be "a permanent part of the Western canon", while James Wood praises "the distinctive tone to his fiction because he narrates his novels as if he were someone both wise and ignorant." More than two million copies of Saramago's books have been sold in Portugal alone and his work has been translated into 25 languages...."

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Very favourable reviews on Amazon.com.

Paperback 1994.

263 pages.

Very good condition.

The cost of shipping is $4.95, or $6.95 by tracked mail. If you are on rural delivery and want tracked mail, the shipping cost will be $9.95.

There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect this book from my shop in Palmerston North following the auction.

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  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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