Bataur Saramago is a lover of words, and the heart of the marvelous allegorical clockwork of this novel is his examination of words and their relation to the world around us. Cwverna house in Lanzarote is also open to the public. This is the 5th novel I have read of his, and I was really quite impressed with it. Return to Book Page. The old potter struggles to make a living. And how much of the unsaid is communicated very effectively indeed through what is said.
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Start your review of La caverna Write a review Shelves: portuguese-authors , favorite-books , dystopian , nobel-prize Saramago sets this story in a dystopia but it is not far off in the future we almost live in it now! The Center is where the well-off live. Its a massive single story building with apartments, galleria malls, museums and Disneyland areas. Every kind of experience imaginable is offered including all sports, such as skiing, and environmental rooms where you can experience sunny beaches, rain and blizzards.
Around the Center are rings of slums, industrial factories and factory farms in Saramago sets this story in a dystopia but it is not far off in the future — we almost live in it now!
Around the Center are rings of slums, industrial factories and factory farms in greenhouses. Occasionally they are waylaid by bandits but because this is a Portuguese dystopia, the police kind of let it happen without much ado. The story, which we are told in the blurbs, is simple. An old man, a widower and a potter, lives in the far outskirts, a traditional rural village beyond the Center and its rings.
He lives with his only daughter and her husband. Her husband is a guard in the Center but lives in a dormitory and commutes home for a few days off every ten days or so. The old potter struggles to make a living. He sells plates and pots to the Center but recently people have stopped buying them, so he is experimenting with making decorative ceramic dolls.
His daughter helps him. The business collapses; the son gets his job and they all move into dreamland. You can imagine what the old man thinks of this — his life was his work and his identity. Now retired, he wanders aimlessly around Disneyland all day. The only other significant character in the story is a widow in the village.
A short time after they have all moved to an apartment in the Center, new construction uncovers an archaeological site in a cave.
The area is blocked off and guarded; guards are forbidden to talk about what is in the cave. But the son-in-law lets the old man in to view it. It is so horrific and shocking that the son-in-law quits his job and they all decide to leave the Center and start over somewhere else.
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La caverna- Jose Saramago
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