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The Stone Raft

3.8  ·  Rating details ·  5,371 Ratings  ·  380 Reviews
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
Paperback, 272 pages
Published June 1st 2000 by Panther (first published 1986)
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Nov 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

As I was getting ready to travel around the Iberian Peninsula and fly to Porto, I pulled out this book detaching it from the bookshelves to which it belonged. Since it had been in my shelves for quite a few years, I dreaded that in its immobility it had petrified and that it had lost its nature as a book. But no, there it was, flexible as a thin stack of paper, and with the pages printed, ready for my eyes to scan its graphics. And ready for travel too.

Saramago’s novel chronicles how the Iberian
Dec 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Brexit Forefelt

Spain and Portugal float away from Europe as a disunited kingdom, leaving Gibraltar behind, a lonely Atlantic island. Written in 1986 about the Iberian leave-taking from continental Europe, The Stone Raft is the perfect book for Brexit 2016. A cliché, I know, but not an un-useful one.

Separation from the rest of Europe is just not easy emotionally for either party. "A loving mother, Europe was saddened by the misfortune of her lands on the extreme west." All sorts of connections -
Amira Mahmoud
مكتوب في القدر، عندما تنبح الكلاب ينتهي العالم

من روى حكاية، إذا لم يروِ أخرى فهذا علامة سيئة

كم مرة علمتنا تجارب الحياة أنه لا يجب علينا أن نحكم على المظاهر

هذا العالم، ولن نتعب من تكراره، عبارة عن كوميديا من الأكاذيب.

في الفنون المختلفة وبشكل خاص فن الكتابة، فإن أفضل الطرق بين نقطتين، وإن كانت قريبتين لم يكن أبدًا ولن يكون مطلقًا الخط الذي يسمونه مستقيمًا، أبدًا ومطلقًا، طريقة حازمة للإجابة عن الشكوك بإسكاتها.

إن كوكبًا يدور حول نجم بهذه الطريقة، يدور ويدور، الآن ليل والآن نهار، الآن برد والآ
May 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
This early novel can be seen as the precursor or model for Saramago's later surreal modern parables Blindness, Seeing, and Death at Intervals, all of which explore the consequences of changing one of the natural laws society takes for granted. It has a similar mixture of philosophy, humour and the political and personal. As in all of his novels, Saramago's style is idiosyncratic, with long and apparently rambling sentences broken only by occasional commas.

This time the starting point occurs when
Mar 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

أنا بحب النوعية دي من الرويات , النوعية المتشائمة السوداوية الكئيبة , اللى بتكون أقرب للواقعية من أي شئ آخر , فالواقع سخيف لن تقدر على التعبير عنه إلا من خلال كتابة سوداوية تواجه ذلك السخف.

الرواية عبارة عن مجموعة من المصائب , مصيبة إثر كارثة وهكذا , فتجد أن الرواية في النهاية مآساة إغريقية جديرة بالتسجيل.

وتسجيل الكاتب لتلك الأحداث كان في غاية الظرف , تسجيل سلس مؤثر حقيقي للغاية .

ويبدو أن الكاتب قد بذل مجهود جبار لكي يخرج لنا مثل هذا العمل ففي النهاية يرى الكاتب أن :

(الكتابة عملية صعبة للغاية ,
Ahmad Sharabiani
A jangada de pedra = The stone raft, José Saramago
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. The 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
3.5 stars

Two moths ago (on vacation) I bought "the stone raft" (a jangada de pedra) by José Saramago [nobel prize in literature (1998)] in one of the most beautiful bookstores in the world, "Livraria Lello" in Porto, Portugal (my country). This somptuous bookshop inspired the Harry Potter’s library in Hogwarts. In fact, J.K Rowling lived in Porto teaching English in the early 1990s.
If you ever come to Portugal you should visit it ....... just saying... ♥

"Dificílimo acto é o de
Oct 03, 2016 added it
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Shelves: portugal, iberia
Mr. Saramago came to call - well I mean I invited him in - he doesn't just turn up on your doorstep uninvited that would be rude, wouldn't it, well, maybe not rude but discourteous and my impression of him is that he would never be knowingly discourteous, I don't think it's in his nature, which seems to me to be warm, like that lovely feeling you get when you've had a glass of something stronger, there's that warm glow that starts somewhere inside and spreads until it reaches your face and puts ...more
João Carlos

Casa dos Bicos - Fundação José Saramago - Lisboa - Portugal

Em 2015 li quatro romances de José Saramago (1922 – 2010): ”As Intermitências da Morte” (2005) - 4*, ”A Caverna” (2000) – 4*, ”O Evangelho Segundo Jesus Cristo” (1991) – 4* e ”Todos os Nomes” (1997) – 4* e em 2016 li ”O Ano da Morte de Ricardo Reis” (1984) – 4* - em todas as referenciadas obras a qualidade e a originalidade da “sua” escrita única são o denominador comum; José Saramago revela-se um criador de ”parábolas sustentadas pela i
Luís C.
The magical tale of The Stone Raft is developed within a complex plot, where outcrop different ways of living and loving, to problematize the concepts of sexuality and questions the psychology of feelings. The barely contained surprise that the narrator recounts successes that undermine values and beliefs firmly held, the irony of dialogic defense, the discreet access to deciphering the narrative codes capable of ambiguity, create the text in fruition conditions, giving the pleasure of reading. ...more
Oct 30, 2008 rated it really liked it
Saramago's works not only keep me up late into the night reading, they also wake me from sleep in those hours after midnight that belong more to death than to life and force me to think again both about the words he has written and about those he has not. 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. There is, of course, the expected magical realism together with ...more
فهد الفهد
الطوف الحجري

كتب جوزيه ساراماغو هذه الرواية قبل روايته الأشهر (العمى) بتسع سنوات، ولكن لأن أغلبية القراء قرءوا العمى أولاً وكانت مدخلاً لهم للتعرف على هذا البرتغالي النوبلي، فلذا تأتي المقارنة دائماً معاكسة، وتبدو هذه الرواية وكأنها استعادة لموضوعة (ثيمة) العمى.

في هذه الرواية أيضاً نواجه موضوعة الحدث المفصلي الذي لا تفسير له، والذي يضرب المجتمع بقوة، فيخلخل توازناته، فكما قرأنا في العمى تحولات المجتمع الأعمى، وكيف تعيش شخصيات الرواية في ظل الجماعة الصغيرة التي نشأت وتقاربت في تلكم الظروف، نعاين
Jun 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Solo un genio come Saramago poteva raccontare con così tanta poesia ed eleganza un evento catastrofico di tali proporzioni. Nella zona del Cerbere, al confine franco-spagnolo, dove i cani che non hanno corde vocali, cominciano ad abbaiare, ci si prepara alla catastrofe, ormai imminente. Qui la terra comincia a tremare e diventa una "zattera di pietra", errando nell'Oceano e lasciando che ognuno vada incontro al suo destino. Nella zattera di pietra si condensano le tematiche dell'uomo e dell'uman ...more
James Hartley
Sep 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a great read - a magic-realism thriller, if you will - about the Iberian peninsular breaking away from mainland Europe. Im not the biggest MR fan in the world and faced with the prospect of pages and pages of dense prose, I wasnt looking forward to this one much, but Saramagos prose really does sing. The sentences are long but the story moves forwards, its not wilfuly obtuse or pretentious and is actually quite exciting. The book is warm, wise and interesting. ...more
Ahmed Oraby
Sep 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
الحب ولَّع في الدرة :D
Mar 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels, saramago
لطالما سمعتُ عن نوعية قصص ساراماجو المختلفة عن كل ما هو مألوف ومعروف.
كانت لدي فكرة عامة عن أسلوب ساراماجو القصصي، وكانت (الطوف الحجري) أول قصة أقرأها له.
هي قصة جمع فيها الكاتب كل شئ: السياسة، الجغرافيا، الفلسفة، الإنسانيات، وشئ من حب.
طريقة ساراماجو مثيرة للضحك! كان كل بضعة صفحات يفاجئني بأنه يتحدث إليّ مباشرةً، ناقدًا أساليب الروايات المعتادة، وأحيانًا معتذرًا إن كان أصابني بالملل في هذه الجزئية بالذات! وأنا أقول وقتها: ده إنت ترغي للصبح براحتك يعني! :))

الطوف الحجري فانتازيا معتادة من فانتازيات
Mar 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
I admit, I love Saramago's work, but I would only recommend The Stone Raft to his most ardent fans; If you are intrigued by the idea of the Iberian peninsula breaking off of Europe and the possible ramifications thereof, you have missed the point and will be thoroughly disappointed. The Stone Raft is beautifully written (of course), but Saramago meanders, philosophizes, uses allegory and parables, all towards what seemed to be an existentialist tale of five wanderers of the Iberian peninsula (pl ...more
May 11, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

لكن ما يُرتجي لا يستمر دائماً "

لم اتوقع أن اصنفها ( كتب لم تكتمل ) !!
للأسف كنت خارج الكتاب .. وخارج الفكرة ..
حتي بدأت ان أقرأ دون أن يعنيني الأمر في شئ .. !!
وكم أكره هذا الشعور !
علي الرغم من البداية الشائقة ..
إلا أن الملل قد زحف إليّ من الفصل الثاني ..
واستعمرني تماما في الثالث !!

امنحه هذه النجمة علي الفكرة والتفاصيل المرهقة في الكتابة ..
والتي - للأسف - لم تصلني ولم اشعر بها .. لكني اعترف بما فيها من مجهود ،

هي اللقاء الثاني لي مع ساراماجو بعد انقاطاعات الموت ..
ولا أدري .. ربما أنا من لم استطع
Jan 23, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
هسيب الرواية كلها و أمسك في حتة صغيرة
اشمعنى خلى نقطة الإنفصال عند قرية سيربير
ليه مخلاهاش عند أندورا كانت هتبقى الرواية أجمل
ع الأقل كانت أندورا هتبقى نصين :D

لكن لا شك ان ساراماجو غير تقليدي
Apr 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-own, عندهم
للكاتب في هذه الرواية ، إيمان كبير بحتمية الأشياء ، و بترابطها و بنتائجها المتعلقة بكل عنصر داخل في التكوين ، في مفاهيم العلم ، يسمونها في الفيزياء بتأثير الفراشة ، و في مفاهيم الأدب ، سماها في الرواية بأنه "ما كان ، كان يجب عليه أن يكون" ، لذلك ، عندما تبدأ في القراءة تعرف أن كل المدخلات العبثية الصغيرة حقًا فصلت شبه الجزيرة الأيبيرية عن أوروبا بالكامل و أخذت تطوف في الأطلنطي في مسارات مستقيمة. و ان الرحلة الأخرى التي كانت بداخل الرحلة الأكبر ، كانت عبثية و ليس لها معنى هي الأخرى ، و لكنها " كا ...more
إبراهيم   عادل
المثل بيقول الرواية اللي تقرا منها 100 صفحة، وما تشدك ..
ويبقى كاتبها ساراماجو .. اللي إنتا أصلاً زهقت منه، وبتكابر
يبقى ما تقراهاش
ولا تقرا له تاني
بس الواحد برضو بيشعر ببعضٍ من الحقد والحسد لهؤلاء القراء الذين رؤوا فيها مالم أره!!
Hameed Younis
اربعة اشخاص مختلفين، جوانا كاردا، جواكيم زازا، جوزية اناسيو و بدرو أورثي، قاموا في لحظةٍ واحدة وفي ثلاثة أماكن مختلفة بثلاثة أفعال متباينة؛ احدهم رسم خطاً في الارض، والآخر قذف حجراً في البحر وطار دون سقوط، والثالث قفز من مقعده واحس باهتزاز في الارض، والرابع تلاحقه العصافير في كل مكان.
وشكّل هؤلاء الاربعة بعبثيتهم وعدم ترابط افعالهم سبباً رئيسياً لإنشطار شبه الجزيرة الأيبيرية وانفصال اسبانيا والبرتغال عن اوروبا.
بعيداً عن الهامشي والمكرر والمتعارف عليه، فان قراءة العمل الثالث لجوزيه ساراماغو- في 20
João Fernandes
May 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nobel
"“nós aqui vamos andando sobre a península, a península navega sobre o mar, o mar roda com a terra a que pertence, e a terra vai rodando sobre si mesma, e, enquanto roda sobre si mesma, roda também à volta do sol, e o sol também gira sobre si mesmo, e tudo isto junto vai na direcção da tal constelação, então o que eu pergunto, se não somos o extremo menor desta cadeia de movimentos dentro de movimentos, o gostaria de saber é o que é que se move dentro de nós e para onde vai, não, não me ...more
Jan 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: z-to-a-saramago
Using as pillar the opposite of Portugal's accession to EU, Saramago managed to create an ironic political allegory, spiced up with mythological elements and his now familiar fine humor. In other words, another masterpiece :)
Jan 15, 2008 rated it it was ok
Such an interesting concept for a book, yet it was SO BORING! I loved the first 20 pages, and then, POOF, it was gone. I was all like, "Dude, where did you go? I thought we were cool!" And the book was all like, "Sorry dude, I gotta be me."
Tiago Rocha
Nov 16, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
«Os homens e as mulheres, estes, seguirão o seu caminho, que futuro, que tempo, que destino. A vara de negrilho está verde, talvez floresça no ano que vem.»
عارف فكرى

الكاتب البرتغالى " جوزيه ساراماجو "، والحاصل على " نوبل" فى الآداب عام 1998، كاتب لا يقبل التصنيف كما وصفه بعضهم، وهو فى كتاباته يختار الموضوعات الغريبة، الشائقة، ويبنى على أساساتها – كأى بنّاء عبقرى-صرحاً مذهلاً، ومحيراً، وربما لو شاهدته فى الصباح سيتبدى لك بصورة تختلف عن الصورة التى تراه فيها بالظهيرة!
ومن ضمن هذه الموضوعات / الأفكار / الفرضيات:
ماذا لو انفصلت شبه الجزيرة الأيبيرية"-البرتغال " وأسبانيا "-عن جبال البرانس، وعن أوربا، لتغدو مثل طوف حجرى عملاق، واندفعت فى المحيط الأطلنطى مبحرة فى رح
Aug 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Seria tudo mais fácil de entender se confessássemos, simplesmente, o nosso infinito medo, esse que nos leva a povoar o mundo de imagens à semelhança do que somos ou julgamos ser, salvo se tão obsessivo esforço é, pelo contrário, uma invenção da coragem, ou a mera teimosia de quem se recusa a não estar onde o vazio estiver, a não dar sentido ao que sentido não terá.
Mar 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
My first book by the author who has been very highly recommended to me since a very long time. After reading this book, I know why. I was thoroughly wowed by the author's writing, and considering this isn't even his most highly recommended work makes me really look forward to read some of the other excellent books by him.

I started reading this book knowing almost nothing about the premise it is based on, just knowing that the author is someone who has to be read. It worked rather wonderfully. Th
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“كم من المرات نحتاج لحياة كاملة من أجل تغيير حياتنا، إننا نفكر، ونفكر، ونوازن الإيجابيات والسلبيات، ونتردد، ثم نعود إلى نقطة البداية ونبدأ من جديد في التفكير، والتفكير مرة أخرى، إننا ننتقل على قضبان الزمن في حركة دائرية، مثل زوابع الريح الصغيرة التي تعبر الريف مزرية الغبار وأوراق الشجر الميتة وكل أنواع الأشياء التافهة الصغيرة، نظرًا لقوتها المعتدلة، كان من الأفضل العيش في بلد الأعاصير المدمرة.” 10 likes
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