The Cave (novel)


The Cave (novel)

Infobox Book |
name = The Cave
title_orig = A Caverna
translator = Margaret Costa


image_caption = 2003 Harvest paperback edition cover
author = José Saramago
cover_artist =
country = Portugal
language = Portuguese
series =
genre = Novel
publisher = The Harvill Press
release_date = 2001 "(Portuguese)"
2002 "(English)"
media_type = Print (Hardcover)
pages = 320 pp
isbn = ISBN 0-15-602879-4

"The Cave" ( _pt. A Caverna) is a novel by Portuguese author José Saramago. It was published in Portuguese in 2001, and English in 2002.

Plot introduction

The story concerns an elderly potter named Cipriano Algor, his daughter Marta, and his son-in-law Marçal. One day, the Center, literally the center of commerce in the story, cancels its order for Cipriano's pottery, leaving the elderly potter's future in doubt. He and Marta decide to try their hand at making clay figurines and astonishingly the Center places an order for hundreds. But just as quickly, the order is cancelled and Cipriano, his daughter, and his son-in-law have no choice but to move to the Center where Marçal works as a security guard. Before long, the mysterious sound of digging can be heard beneath the Center, and what the family discovers will change their lives forever.


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