A Jangada de Pedra by José Saramago

By José Saramago

«Em A Jangada de Pedra (...) o escritor recorre a um estratagema típico. Uma série de acontecimentos sobrenaturais culmina na separação da Península Ibérica que começa a vogar no Atlântico, inicialmente em direcção aos Açores. A situação criada por Saramago dá-lhe um sem-número de oportunidades para, no seu estilo muito pessoal, tecer comentários sobre as grandezas e pequenezas da vida, ironizar sobre as autoridades e os políticos e, talvez muito especialmente, com os actores dos jogos de poder na alta política. O engenho de Saramago está ao serviço da sabedoria.» (Real Academia Sueca, eight de Outubro de 1998)

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