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ISBN: 0156005204 / ISBN-13: 9780156005203

Baltasar and Blimunda

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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 ... Show synopsis

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  • Baltasar and Blimunda (Harvest Books) – Trade paperback (1998)
    by Jose Saramago, Giovanni Pontiero (Translator)

    Baltasar and Blimunda

    Trade paperback, Harvest Books
    1998
    English
    360 pages

    ISBN: 0156005204
    ISBN-13: 9780156005203

    From the recipient of the 1998 Nobel Prize in Literature, a "brilliant...enchanting novel" (New York Times Book Review) of romance, deceit, religion, and magic set in eighteenth-century Portugal at the height of the Inquisition. National bestseller. Translated by Giovanni Pontiero.

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Reviews of Baltasar and Blimunda

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rejoyce

A Buoyant Love

by rejoyce on Oct 2, 2007

Jose Saramago is more of a realist than Gabriel Garcia Marquez, his fellow Nobel Prize awardee, but Baltasar and Blimunda is indeed a fabulist tale of an unwed couple--one who is one-handed with a hook, the other can see souls--and their undying love during the Inquisition in 18th century Portugal. The ambitious novel encompasses church repression and doctrinal disputes, monarchical splendor, and a Padre's efforts to construct a flying balloon, perhaps a metaphor for their "buoyant" love. If this reader has any reservation, it's Saramago's habit of excising quotation marks around dialogue and simply jamming it together. Instead, he uses only capitals and commas to indicate a change in speaker. As with Faulkner or Garcia Marquez's pages of unpunctuated prose, at times it can prove a major obstacle , even an annoyance.

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