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Baltasar and Blimunda by José Saramago
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Nov 24, 2008

it was amazing

Widely considered to be one of the most accomplished works from Portugal's only Nobel laureate, Baltasar and Blimunda is a heart-wrenching epic of prodigious scope. Set in the early years of the eighteenth century, the story seamlessly intertwines elements of historical fact, romantic love, richly-imagined fantasy, and poignant wisdom. Satirical and mesmerizing, this tale is a towering achievement of considerable breadth — it explores the consequences of unmitigated power, the lofty and timeless aspirations of the human spirit, and the quiet humility of enduring love. With a conclusion as riveting as it is doleful, Saramago's innate ability to capture even the most elusive of human idiosyncrasies will undoubtedly leave an indelible mark upon the reader.
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