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 powers. From the day that he follows her home from the auto-da-fe where her mother is burned at the stake, the two are bound body and soul by love of an unassailable strength. A third party shares their ...Read MoreIn 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 powers. From the day that he follows her home from the auto-da-fe where her mother is burned at the stake, the two are bound body and soul by love of an unassailable strength. A third party shares their supper that evening: Padre Bartolomeu Lourenco, whose fantasy is to invent a flying machine. As the Crown and the Church clash, they purse his impossible, not to mention heretical, dream of flight.Read Less
Fair. Good copy for reading, may have heavy page wear with writing textual notes highlighting or be an heavily used ex library copy with library markings, stickers or stamps. Dust jacket or accessories may not be included.
Very Good. The book has been read, but is in excellent condition. Pages are intact and not marred by notes or highlighting. The spine remains undamaged. Text in English, Portuguese. 352 p. Intended for a juvenile audience.
Very Good. 0224025228 The copy has a two library stamps on the inside pages. There is also a pen mark on an inside page. The spine is faded. The pages are clean and unmarked. Re-Read is a social enterprise-giving unloved books a new life. Our aim is to re-use, re-distribute or re-cycle books so that we reduce waste and make a difference to literacy, educational achievement or quality of life in our local area. All overseas shipping is by Air Mail.
Very good in very good dust jacket. book: mild cock to top edge of spine, tiny bump to bottom edge of front board, very mild crimp to top edge of spine, . slight wrinkling along bottom edge of spine, tiny shallow gouge on bottom edge, dj: mild to moderate general shelfwear, mild scratching to rear panel, slight wrinkling to spine edges, tiny scuff to top & bottom edges of front flap fold, very slight fading to spine. nice unread tightly bound copy with complete dj in mylar protection.
First edition. Hardcover. First printing. The first book to be published in the U. S from the winner of the 1998 Nobel Prize in literature. Translated from the Portuguese by Giovanni Pontiero. An about very good copy with some bumping to the bottom corners and tiny pinpricks to the top front corner in a very good dust jacket with corresponding pinpricks to the top corner.
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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