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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His style seems difficult but it’s just a matter of adjustment. A foundation with his name was established in ; its main aims are cultural promotion, particularly of Portuguese literature and authors. Nov 01, Henry Avila rated it really liked it. View nad FREE sample.

Also, with his usual ‘non-quotation’ dialogue, it makes it a bit dense and a slow read, but if you like Saramago, you know what to expect. Paperbackpages. After finally overcoming these frustrations, I must confess that I am now totally hooked on this style. So when a Franciscan St. These flaws lead me to conclude that his ideology is ultimately too simplistic saramxgo is without nuance.

What did you think of them? View all 3 comments. Sectionspages – Baltasar is a former soldier who has lost his left hand in battle.

I also loved the fact that the cornerstone of the novel is a love story between two very working class characters. If you’re into stuff like this, you can read the full review.


Ultimately, even the King finally realizes that death will render it all meaningless. I no longer care whether it bears any resemblance to the original.

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I am definitely wanting to read more Saramago as I really liked this one. Create a free website or blog at WordPress. 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 years, this small, still wealthy land then, and besides, other women have proven it’s not his amd King John V the Magnanimous of Portugal, is a frustrated man, to continue the royal dynasty bxltasar 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.

Regardless of its flaws this work offers sarmaago to recommend. I will probably reread it in 10 years or so.

Baltasar and Blimunda Summary & Study Guide

Shankar Thanks great review. Sectionspages 48 – Mar 25, khashayar rated it liked it. All religious acts are perpetuated for selfish ulterior motives. View all 14 comments. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Sometimes, one has to finish a pages-long sentence and re-read it to finally grasp the idea, all this being a surprisingly addictive exercise of the mind.

Browse all BookRags Study Guides. Blimunda is in fact a prophetess, and a daughter of a heretic who has the ability to see under the surface of things, divining where lost objects may be and what diseases lie under the flesh.


Both are amazing tales of the human spirit and I read both in Spanish apologies for not reading in Portuguese Como se costuma saramabo He is very high on my TBR pile but for some reason or other I always pick another book before. The ending is surprising, but fits.

Baltasar and Blimunda

Memorial del convento I often thought that books can inspire you to travel. Imagine, 45, workers, employed in this massive project, building an enormous monastery, that constantly gets bigger and bigger, the King, is like a kid in a candy shop, never mind the expense, he can’t help himself, a fabulous palace for the royals also, will baktasar erected, even a poor, one -handed man can get a paying job here.

Nada tinham de seu, mas foram o sonho, a magia, o amor grandioso. Sectionspages I love almost blimhnda related to the European Middle Ages and this novel was one of the best I’ve ever encountered on the topic.