Editorial Reviews. From Publishers Weekly. Saramago has blended fact and fiction in much the same way as Marquez and others use magical realism, to create. Baltasar and Blimunda has ratings and reviews. Henry said: King John V (the Magnanimous) of Portugal, is a frustrated man, to continue the r. BALTASAR AND BLIMUNDA By Jose Saramago. Translated by Giovanni Pontiero. pp. San Diego: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich. $

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Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. More summaries and resources for teaching or studying Baltasar and Blimunda. His language yes in Spanish is some of the best I have read. A Small Death in Lisbon. After a baaltasar across Portugal, the trio crash-lands in a remote and mountainous area.

This is the first work of his that I have tried. During their task, the Padre has to leave and return to discover the secret of ether or the mysterious substance which powers the airship. I wish I’d come across his work years ago. I first started with his Blindness 3 stars about people going blind and the world turning post-apocalyptic and this was followed by his book, The Double 4 stars that reminded me of an instance when I myself saw a man one morning who looked like exactly like me.

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The basilica and the convent were inaugurated on the day of the King’s 41st birthday on October 22, Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Jun 09, Miriam Cihodariu rated it really liked it Shelves: Instead Saramago seems to prefer to instruct through storytelling.


AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. It made me think about a place and time of which i knew absolutely nothing. Saramago, a writer of sharp intelligence, keeps this love story under strict control, free of pathos or sentimentality. Hi Amritorupa – I like the adjectives that you used. Thanks for your kind words. However, it seems to me that Saramago mistakes what often is, but not always so, a world of universal and absolute rules.

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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, married two years to the devout Austrian Princess Maria Ana, and yet no babies. Review “Much reverberates in memory after reading this enchanting novel, but most of all the love story which soars over the rest of the action like a flute above a heavy orchestra.

Out of service, he meets Blimunda who psychic maiden who sees the inside of the people and who eats only bread and when she eats she closes her eyes. Shankar Thanks great review.

His two main characters, a peasant ex-soldier and a beautiful peasant seeress, love one another and avoided holy matrimony at risk of death by the Inquisition. I get annoyed when the style interferes with the story and I find myself backtracking to understand who is speaking. Sectionspages 48 – Also in the crowd, the witch’s daughter, Blimunda, who is also blessed with powers antithetical to the Catholic Church, comunicates bsltasar her mother she will marry Baltasar and the two had yet to speak.


Nobel Prize for Literature winner Jose Saramago wrote this wonderful novel. A foundation with his name was established in ; its main aims are baltaszr promotion, particularly of Portuguese literature and authors.

A book that will definitively leave you thinking and thirsty for bwltasar The plot is very unusual but very imaginative in construction as well as presentation. He is very high on my TBR pile but for some reason or other I always pick another book before.

I did not want to finish this story, it was so intriguing and quietly beautiful. It is a of, and on, the earth. Without a doubt, I will choose the latter —a thousand times over. To understand the magnitude of the labour involved in building such enormous edifices, I quote from Wikipedia The exact site was chosen in and purchased in Baltasar and Blimunda from BookRags. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. Telling the story of the construction of a giant convent that bankrupt the nation and led to thousands of deaths from the perspective of its workers is quite unique.

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There are very serious sides throughout. Saramago uses his beautiful prose and magical language to weave a story of love and history that entertains and informs the reader about life in 18th Century Portugal.

Baltasar is a former soldier who has lost his left hand in battle.