Stone Raft

Stone Raft

3.79 (4,916 ratings by Goodreads)
By (author) 

Free delivery worldwide

Available. Dispatched from the UK in 1 business day
When will my order arrive?


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.
show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • 130 x 194 x 16mm | 322.06g
  • The Harvill Press
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0
  • 1860467210
  • 9781860467219
  • 168,407

Review Text

"Tremendous wit is always apparent in his imaginative conceits, comic digression and verbal and narrative games"
show more

Review quote

"An irresistible blend of shrewd detail and lyrical fantasy... A seductive novel that needs to be savoured" -- Helen Dunmore * Observer * "An invitation to one of the richest bodies of work by a living writer" -- Amanda Hopkinson * New Statesman * "Jose Saramago's brilliant magical realism of a sort that stirs real wonder" -- James Park * Time Out * "Saramago's lovely and original questing story, in a lineage of others such as Don Quixote and Kipling's Kim, is a journey of the spirit told as a journey of the feet" -- Richard Eder * Los Angeles Times * "Tremendous wit is always apparent in his imaginative conceits, comic digression and verbal and narrative games" -- Ian Critchley * Sunday Times *
show more

About Jose Saramago

Jose Saramago is one of the most important international writers of the last hundred years. Born in Portugal in 1922, he was in his sixties when he came to prominence as a writer with the publication of Baltasar and Blimunda. A huge body of work followed, translated into more than forty languages, and in 1998 he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. Saramago died in June 2010.
show more

Rating details

4,916 ratings
3.79 out of 5 stars
5 25% (1,238)
4 40% (1,959)
3 26% (1,264)
2 7% (360)
1 2% (95)
Book ratings by Goodreads
Goodreads is the world's largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. We're featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. Close X