Trade paperback (US). Glued binding. 307 p. Audience: General/trade.
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Cipriano Algor, an elderly potter, lives with his daughter Marta
and her husband Marçal in a small village on the outskirts of The
Center, an imposing complex of shops, apartment blocks, offices,
and sensation zones. Marçal works there as a security guard, and
Cipriano drives him to work each day before delivering his own
humble pots and jugs. On one such visit, he is told not to make any
more deliveries until further notice. People prefer plastic, he is
told; it lasts longer and doesn''t break.
Unwilling to give up his craft, Cipriano tries his hand at making
ceramic dolls. Astonishingly, The Center places an order for
hundreds of figurines, and Cipriano and Marta set to work. In the
meantime, Cipriano meets a young widow at the graves of their
recently departed spouses, and a hesitant romance begins.
When Marta learns that she is pregnant and Marçal receives a
promotion, they all move into an apartment in The Center. Soon they
hear a mysterious sound of digging, and one night Marçal and
Cipriano investigate. Horrified by the discovery, the family, which
now includes the widow and a dog, sets off in a truck, heading for
the great unknown.
Suffused with the depth, humor, and above all the extraordinary
sense of humanity that marks each of his novels, The Cave
is sure to become an essential book of our time.