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Baltasar and Blimunda

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As the Inquisition rages, an extraordinary trinity struggle to realise a creation that will fly in the face of the monstrous vanity of Church and State.

In early 18th-century Lisbon, Baltasar, a soldier who has lost his left hand in battle, falls in love with Blimunda, a young girl with visionary powers. From the day that he follows her home from the auto-da-fe where his mo
Paperback, 345 pages
Published 1998 by Harvill (first published October 1982)
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Henry Avila
Nov 01, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
King John V ( the Magnanimous ) of Portugal, is a frustrated man, to continue the royal dynasty, children are obviously needed, ( set back in the year of our Lord, 1711) married two years to the devout Austrian Princess Maria Ana, and yet no babies, at twenty -one, the good-looking monarch feels a little insulted, because of his failures, but the House of Braganza will eventually rule for almost 300 years, this small, still wealthy land then, besides, other women have proven, it's not his fault. ...more
Jul 17, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, reviewed, 2015, saramago

Baltasar and Blimunda revolves around the construction of the monumental monastery in Mafra , an effect of slyness of the Franciscans and vanity of the king of Portugal , Joao V . Thousands labouring workers to satisfy the morbid ambitions of monks and pamper bloated ego of the king remind us of builders pyramids in antiquity . Is it the ancient Egypt or the Catholic Portugal pride of kings and hypocrisy of clergy seems to be unchanged for centuries . Marriage of the altar and the throne alway
Jun 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015, high-five
(5.0+) Before I explain my feelings about Saramago's Baltasar and Blimunda, let me share a couple visuals from the late 17th & 18th Century that are highlighted within the text:

The passarola of Father Bartholomeu de Gusmao

An auto de fe of the Portugeuse Inquisition

Saramago's masterpiece.
343 pages.

Perhaps, the longest 343 pages I've ever tried to read, but very fulfilling in the end; a 5 star like no other that I've rated, 'Baltasar and Blimunda' is historical fiction at its base, but a sati
Ahmad Sharabiani
Memorial do Convento = Baltasar and Blimunda, José Saramago
Baltasar and Blimunda (Portuguese: Memorial do Convento, 1982) is a novel by the Nobel Prize-winning Portuguese author José Saramago. It is an 18th-century love story intertwined with the construction of the Convent of Mafra, now one of Portugal's chief tourist attractions, as a background. Two young lovers interact naturally with historical characters including the composer and harpsichordist Domenico Scarlatti and the priest Bartolomeu
Bem, cá vamos nós.
Este foi o primeiro livro de Saramago que li e não será, certamente, o último. Apaixonei-me pela escrita deste tão conceituado autor, verdade seja dita. Como se costuma dizer: "primeiro estranha-se, depois entranha-se" e eu tive de adotar os meus métodos para que isso acontecesse. A minha própria mãe presenciou alguns momentos embaraçosos de leituras e releituras em voz alta de diálogos confusos... Mas sobrevivi e adorei a experiência.

Começamos pelo Baltasar e pela Blimunda? A
Vladislav Radak
Oct 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Za svoj prvi prikaz knjige na ovom sajtu sam izabrao, po mom mišljenju, najznačajnije literarno delo dvadesetog veka, u neku ruku skrajnuto, iako ovenčano nagradama, stilski i strukturalno za koplje prevazilazi maestralni „Sto godina samoće“ Saramagove velike zvezde vodilje Markesa (iako to nikada nije javno priznao).

Takođe treba napomenuti da sam ovaj prevod čitao u izdanju sada već nepostojeće kuće „Lingua Franca“ u prevodu detaljnog i posvećenog Dejana Tijaga Stankovića koji je svoj život pos
Evripidis Gousiaris
Γοητευτικός με τον δικό του ξεχωριστό τρόπο! Εξαιρετικό.

Luís C.
In these times of intolerance and superstition, King John V 'the Magnanimous' reign on Portugal and its subjects. the sovereign is a gentleman, he honors the convents of Lisbon and its surroundings very gracious presence and his good offices, so much so that a string of bastards born of his royal misdemeanors. Nevertheless João fulfilled his conjugal duties very scrupulously and periodically by honoring twice a week his wife, Queen Marie-Anne of Austria; Nothing does, the monarchical matrix refu ...more
Oct 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: yes
I picked up this book while traveling through Portugal this fall. Last summer, I read my first Saramango book, Blindness, and loved it. Walking along the riverfront in Lisbon, I ran into the José Saramango Foundation where there was an exhibit on his work and that of the famous Brazilian author Jorge Amado. It was as though I were a kid in a candy store! There were thousands of Saramango books in the library, and the bookshop carried many of his major works; unfortunately, it only had one in en ...more
Jul 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tentei ler isto com 16 anos e achei que era perfeitamente ilegível, um assassinato completo da língua portuguesa. Li-o aos 30, numas férias nos Biscoitos, ilha Terceira. Como foi possível passar mais de uma década sem que eu tivesse tentado de novo ler este livro? Blimunda é a personagem favorita de qualquer leitor, de todas as personagens de todos os escritores que o leitor tenha conhecido. A prosa de Saramago chega a ser poética: 'Dormiram nessa noite os sois e as luas abraçados, enquanto as e ...more
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  • A Confissão de Lúcio
  • O Cavaleiro da Dinamarca
  • Equador
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José de Sousa Saramago (pronounced [ʒuˈzɛ sɐɾɐˈmagu]) was a Nobel-laureate Portuguese novelist, playwright and journalist. He was a member of the Portuguese Communist Party.
His works, some of which can be seen as allegories, commonly present subversive perspectives on historic events, emphasizing the human factor rather than the officially sanctioned story. Saramago was awarded the Nobel Prize fo
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