The Stone Raft

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The Stone Raft
The Stone Raft (cover).jpg
First edition
Author José Saramago
Original title A Jangada de Pedra
Country Portugal
Language Portuguese
Publisher Caminho (Portugal)
Harcourt Brace (US)
Publication date
1986
Published in English
1994
Media type Print (Hardback & Paperback)
ISBN 0-15-185198-0
OCLC 31865403
869.3/42 20
LC Class PQ9281.A66 J313 1995

The Stone Raft (Portuguese: A Jangada de Pedra) is a novel by Nobel Prize in Literature-winning Portuguese writer José Saramago. It was written in 1986, and was translated into English in 1994. The basic premise of the novel is that the Iberian Peninsula has broken off the European continent and is floating freely in the Atlantic Ocean; bureaucrats around the world are forced to deal with the traumatic effects, while five characters from across Portugal and Spain are drawn ever closer to one another, embarking on a journey within the peninsula as the landmass journeys itself. It was made into a film that was released in 2002 and was called La Balsa de Piedra (the Spanish translation of the title of the novel). It was directed by acclaimed Dutch director George Sluizer and the film was a Dutch, Spanish and Portuguese co-production.