The stone raft is an impressive novel in many ways it is the second of saramagos books that i have read all the names being the first while i found all the names to be well written clever and imaginative the stone raft surpasses it easily. The stone raft is as multi layered as the strata exposed when the iberian peninsula separates from the continent of europe and begins an erratic journey through the atlantic ocean. The stone raft portuguese a jangada de pedra is a novel by portuguese writer jos saramago it was written in 1986 and was translated into english by giovanni pontiero in 1994. The stone raft by jose saramago is an extraordinary novel this book has a fantastical but engaging plot likeable and interesting characters along with deep political and philosophical underpinnings. The stone raft describes events more improbable in this age than a sudden plague and explores issues of portuguese identity in relation to the rest of europe the central event of the stone raft is a geological fantasy the entire iberian peninsula breaks away from europe and goes floating away into the atlantic nearly colliding with the
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