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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I also loved the fact that the cornerstone of the novel is a love story between two very working class characters. The Shelf Candy Meme seems like such fun and great idea. In addition 7, soldiers were assigned to preserve order at the construction site. It takes time to be read; yet, I can tell, the reading of the book is worthy of baltasae spent time. Dec 02, Sonia Gomes rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Last summer, I read my first Saramango book, Blindness, and loved it.

However, this same unconventional style is innovative and keeps things interesting. Of course, government and other centers of power are often malevolent and destructive.

Blimumda have only read two. I must confess, though, that I found his complex style frustrating initially; I blamed the translations so far I have read Blindness in French and this one in Spanish and often doubted my capacity to understand what I read. The lovers are drawn into naltasar quest and what follows are lyrically beautiful passages that describe their devotion to the friar’s vision.

If you’re willing to read more Saramago, Raised from the Ground is his definitive love letter to communism and a great epopee about civil rights struggles, and All the Name and The Year of the Death of Ricardo Reis are his best novels. I took a long while to finish this book because I have been too busy in the office since one of my subordinates resigned. Every book by him seems to be a totally different idea. Indeed, rather dangerous chimera in the time of the Inquisition.


It is a deep and challenging read and the beautiful language that is employed here while at times spellbindingat other times can snd tough to absorb. I’ve just finished blmiunda your review of “Baltasar and Blimunda”, which I loved!! Too bad I do not know the native language and must read a translation. Both are amazing tales of the human spirit and I read both in Spanish apologies for not reading in Portuguese It is perfectly consistent with my other very limited background launching out into the experience of an Iberian writer or a Latin American writer.

Under Saramago’s acute and often sarcastic eyes I have to admit that I took on a new blimunca for many of blimunxa landmarks that I saw in Europe.

A total of 1, workers died during the construction. Li o Memorial do convento todo! As in the typical Saramango style, there is a mixture of reality, history, fantasy, humor, and endless descriptions of contextual facts and surroundings.

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Work continued tillwhen the work force was needed in Lisbon to assist in the devastations of the Lisbon earthquake. He is very high on my TBR pile but for some reason or other I always pick another book before. He meets a young woman in magnificent Lisbon, by the name of Blimunda, not the most romantic, enjoyable event, her disturbed mother, found guilty of heresy, is being exiled to Angola, in Africa, but first, a public flogging, seen by thousands of curious people, she will never return home, it’s the time of the Inquisition.

Baltazar gets work at the convent and Saramago spares nothing describing the brutal job for thousands to build this massive project.

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The interlocutors are not explicitly denoted and sometimes the reader has to read back and forth to fully grasp the ideas. Miguel – Thanks for the recommendations. I can really get a good picture of the book you’re reviewing, This book sounds like a challenging, although ultimately rewarding, read. Anf I look and admire all the monuments erected in the name of religion, I wonder is it worth it?


Natural human relations and actions, unregulated and uncontrolled by government and religious institutions, are shown to be virtuous, harmonious and morally just. You are right, he can be ‘different’, and deliciously irreverent, though never illogical.

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I found this the most vivid and entertaining part of the novel. View all 5 comments.

It is a romance and an adventure, a rumination on royalty and religion in 18th century Portugal and a bitterly ironic comment on the uses of power. A superior novelfor anyone who likes historical fiction, very well written, a gem.

Blimunda has a host of baltasa and psychic abilities. I found this to be an odd mix. The basilica and the convent were inaugurated on the day of the King’s 41st birthday on October 22, He informs Blimunda that she must travel to the dying to blimuunda their ‘wills,’ which is separate from their souls.

Which books have you read by Saramago? In the end I am happy to have read it, found it thought provoking and feel inspired to explore more of Saramago’s works but only after a break with some lighter fare in between.

AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. His language yes in Spanish is some of the best I have read. Some what fantastical the tale blimynda flying machines, snippers of the Inquisition and clairvoyance. He gives a good vantage of this thoughts. His two main characters, a peasant ex-soldier and a beautiful peasant seeress, love one another and avoided holy matrimony at risk amd death by the Inquisition.

Parallel to this narrative, far from the inaccessible heights where monarchs and prelates hang, the destinies of three principal characters are told to us. Thus begins the couple’s wonderful and magic romance.

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