The Cave Background

The Cave Background

The Cave, which is originally called A caverna in its Portuguese and first edition is a fictional story about the consequences of the new age and economy written by the famous Portuguese writer José Saramago. Saramago discusses capitalism though the story of a simple potter, as he sees his life and the lives of his loved ones change as a mall gets placed by their shop.

The book centers around the main protagonist, Cipriano Algor, is a potter. He lives together with his daughter, and they make a living though selling the figures they make. When a mall called the “centrum” gets placed beside their pottery, Algor has a problem, as the people in their town no longer need his figures. He has to learn to adapt to a new way of life, while he uncovers secrets he never would have thought would appear.

The author of the book, José de Sousa Saramago is a famous author, poet and script-writer. He is known for setting historical perspectives into his works, displaying a new angle of a case. He was politically active and received critics from the Israeli state because of a statement he made about the conflict between Israel and Palestine which was characterized as antisemitic. Saramago died June 18th, 2010, when he was 87 years old.

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