64 pages, 6.5 × 4.88 × 0.15 in
October 5, 2000
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0156013037
ISBN - 13: 9780156013031
From the Publisher
A man went to knock at the king's door and said, Give me a boat. The king's house had many other doors, but this was the door for petitions. Since the king spent all his time sitting at the door for favors (favors being offered to the king, you understand), whenever he heard someone knocking at the door for petitions, he would pretend not to hear . . ." Why the petitioner required a boat, where he was bound for, and who volunteered to crew for him, the reader will discover in this delightful fable, a philosophic love story worthy of Swift or Voltaire.
About the Author
JOSÉ SARAMAGO (1922-2010) was the author of many novels, among them Blindness, All the Names, Baltasar and Blimunda,
and The Year of the Death of Ricardo Reis.
In 1998 he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature.
From Our Editors
The king that sits in his castle spends most of his time sitting by the
door for favours, ensuring he won’t miss out on any offers. As a result, he
often misses knocks on the door for petitions. In The Tale of the Unknown Island,
a man knocks on the king’s petition door and asks for a boat. To find out what
the boat is for and who the crew will be, you must read this exciting tale.
Accompanying Jose Saramago’s text
are illustrations by award-winning artist Peter