Baltasar and Blimunda [Jose Saramago, Giovanni Pontiero] on * FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. From the recipient of the Nobel Prize in. Editorial Reviews. From Publishers Weekly. Saramago has blended fact and fiction in much the Baltasar and Blimunda: A Novel (Harvest Book) by [ Saramago, José]. Audible Sample. Audible Sample. Playing Playing Loading. .. Loading. BALTASAR AND BLIMUNDA By Jose Saramago. Translated by Giovanni Pontiero. pp. San Diego: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich. $

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Baltasar and Blimunda is a love story so it is a good book for Valentine’s Day. Copyrights Baltasar and Blimunda from BookRags.

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From your description of the plot, it seems he can be categorized as a magic realist, right along with Isabel Allende and Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

I also loved the fact that the cornerstone of the novel is a love story between two very working class characters. The festivities lasted for 8 days and were of a scale never seen before in Portugal. Return to Book Page. Elephant’s journey and Blindness.

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

Baltasar and Blimunda Summary & Study Guide

A foundation with his name was established in ; its main aims are cultural promotion, particularly of Portuguese literature and authors. But dreams also form a diadem of moons, therefore the sky is that splendor inside a man’s head, if his head is not, in fact, his own unique sky.

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. Lists with This Book. 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.


Notify me of new comments via email. Ogni frase, a volte ogni termine utilizzato, ha un valore non da poco, e cela uno stile affascinante, un uso disinvolto e non sempre chiaro di un’ironia eccezionale, grazie alla quale la Storia viene ricostruita, reinventata, schernita e un po’ demitizzata. The book at times also felt similar to Umberto Eco’s The Name of the Rose 4 stars minus its philosophical musings. I haven’t read Saramago and I’m not sure I will.

A total of 1, workers died during the construction. Besides the conversation of women, it is dreams that keep the world in orbit.

Baltasar and Blimunda Summary & Study Guide

I will probably reread it in 10 years or so. I believe that in writing the conclusion as such, that Saramago is, as he does with his style of prose, attempting to reflect the sarwmago that life often goes. You are commenting using your WordPress. As he is checking the wooden decking in the airship, a board breaks and he is left dangling by his hook from the rigging.

Mar 25, khashayar rated it liked it.

When King and Church exercise absolute power what happens to the dreams of ordinary people? I agree, Saramago expresses his thinking very nicely. The airship takes far less time, perhaps a quarter of the time of the convent.

Dazed from their soft crash landing — and his troubles — Padre Bartolomeu disappears into the brush. After having read all his novels, however, I’d rank this one amongst my least favourites. A mim, parece-me bem In early eighteenth century Lisbon, Baltasar, a soldier who has lost a hand in battle, falls in love with Blimunda, a young girl with strange visionary powers.

Baltasar and Blimunda

Translated by Giovanni Pontiero. I’d like to invite you to participate with your own Shelf Candy post, if you’re interested.


Baltasar and Blimundaalternately brutally realistic and wonderfully magical, you can hear echo of magical realism here is saramavo remarkable tale.

I have not read Allende. A superior novelfor anyone who likes historical fiction, very well written, a gem. Memorial del convento I often thought that books can inspire you to travel.

I can easily see how nobel committee members would award him the prize from this work alone. The story begins with the dismissal of Baltasar sete-Sois from the Portugese army for losing his sarramago in battle.

They are given nicknames, Baltazar is Seven Suns because he can see clearly; Blimunda is Seven Moons because she she can see in the dark. Mar 05, K. He seems to have never rewritten himself. Paperbackpages. Trivia About Baltasar and Blim The basilica and the convent were inaugurated on the day of the King’s 41st birthday on October 22, In regards to your comment on my “Shelf Candy Saturday’ meme, I’m so glad that you’re enjoyingthis feature!!

E tanto, tanto mais Baltasar is then haunted by the wonder and possibility of flight as he serves as a laborer on the great convent at Mafra. Jun 09, Miriam Cihodariu rated it really liked it Shelves: However, it seems to me that Saramago mistakes what often is, but not always so, a world of universal and absolute rules.

After finally overcoming these frustrations, I must confess that I am now totally hooked on this style. However, the portrayal of the royal procession is also a comic masterpiece.

Thanks again for your praise, you are too kind: It is one of the most interesting memes out there.