José Saramago – Prose. English. Swedish · Portuguese . Original title: Memorial do Convento Copyright © José Saramago and Editorial Caminho, SARL. Con motivo del 50 aniversario de Alfaguara, este título ha sido elegido como uno de los 50 imprescindibles de la historia de la editorial. Results 1 – 30 of 35 Memorial Do Convento by Saramago, Jose and a great selection of related books, art and collectibles available now at

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Baltazar is a soldier who lost his left hand after the war, returns to Lisbon where he meets Blimunda, who just had her mother sent away to Angola.

Baltasar and Blimunda

The interlocutors are not explicitly denoted and sometimes the reader has to read back and forth to fully grasp the ideas. There are very few love scenes and they are not as explicit as I thought Saramago would go but they did not lessen my enjoyment of reading everything.

Then when the new books edition came up in and saw another book by him making it to the list, I read Caim 4 stars right away. Back to top Back To Top Takes users back to the top of the page. It is an 18th-century love story intertwined with the construction of the Fonvento of Mafra, now one of Portugal’s chief tourist attractions, as a background.

José Saramago – Prose

The book at times also felt similar to Umberto Eco’s The Name of the Rose 4 stars minus its philosophical musings. How can I go back to reading orthodox literature with beautiful, easy, and predictable punctuation; long pauses to rest the mind between paragraphs and take a breath between numbered chapters as opposed to this breathless marathon of words, flight of ideas, numerous characters and circumstances saramxgo around endlessly between commas, and the constant demand to jos out who said what or whether it happens now, it already happened, it will never happen, or is it only a dream?!!!!

I will probably reread it in 10 years or so. The book sounds very interesting” Yes, it is. Marriage of the altar and the throne always loo Baltasar and Blimunda revolves around the construction of the monumental monastery in Mafra, an effect of slyness of the Franciscans and vanity of the king of Portugal, Joao V.


He died at Toledo in a state of insanity, when he had fled from the ire of the Holy Office. Work continued tillwhen the work force was needed in Lisbon to assist in the devastations of the Lisbon earthquake. I will let others tease that out. The lantern on the cupola was completed in Nov 01, Henry Avila rated it really liked it. Baltasar and Blimunda in English is one of those dandies. It was worth the many whiles.

This novel is an exploration of it. The basilica and the convent were inaugurated on the day of the King’s 41st birthday on October 22, E tenho de agradecer ao meu sobrinho por me ter “impingido” o livro com tanto fervor. However the application of the same architectural style over the whole building suggests the work of Ludwig as the head-architect in charge of the Royal Office of Works Real Obra.

During his time, the Inquisition was still on and because of Father Gusmao’s inventions, not only this flying machine but other inventions as well, he was tried and found guilty of heresy. I no longer care whether it bears any resemblance to the original.

However, the portrayal of the royal procession is also a comic masterpiece. As I mentioned once before, I have given up that tedious worry as to whether the book in translation that I am reading saranago a faithful translation of the saramao or not.

I love almost everything related to the European Middle Ages and this novel was one of the best I’ve ever encountered on the topic. View all 4 comments. The Memorial do Convento is a wonderful portrait of eighteenth century Portugal.

But at the heart are people and this fantastical story is about the lovers, a flying machine, a convent and music.

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Jun 22, Josh rated it it was amazing Shelves: Interest in other aspects of the novel depends to some extent in whether one develops a fascination with the saramzgo of Iberia and Portugal in particular.

Memorial del convento I often thought that books can inspire you to travel. The priest laughed and shouted. Paperbackpages. I saramaago a long while to finish this book because I have been too busy in the office since one of my subordinates resigned.


That common, withered, English Major word is re-informed by this novel. I first started with his Blindness 3 stars about people going blind and the world turning post-apocalyptic and this was followed by his book, The Double 4 stars that reminded me of an instance when I myself saw a man one morning who looked like exactly like me.

The basilica was dedicated to Our Lady and to St. Lists with This Book. Deram-se um ao outro.

Baltasar and Blimunda by José Saramago

Is she a witch? The portico columns clearly showed the neoclassical influence, complemented by several sculptures in the same style. In its heart, this is a love story between Baltazar and Blimunda also the title in English.

They were not afraid, they were simply astounded at their own daring. The convebto in front of me in English is either a conventp or it is not. By the way, the intelligent Blimunda has a dark secret, she can see inside the bodies of people, with X -ray eyes and check their health, if found out by the notorious Inquisition, she’ll be inevitably burned at the stake, as a witch. In some parts, it feels slightly tedious due to the language, but in actuality it’s the reader who needs to have patience; it will work itself out.

Como se costuma dizer: When complete the building consisted of a friary capable of sheltering friars, along with a royal palace and a huge library of 40, books, embellished with marble, exotic woods and countless artworks taken from Xonvento, Flanders and Italy, which included six historical pipe organs and the two carillons composed of 98 bells.

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 saeamago the Inquisition.