Baltasar & Blimunda

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Harvill, 2001 - Aeronautics - 343 pages
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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 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.

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User Review  - klayman - LibraryThing

A magical trip through historical Portugal along unforgettable characters. I picked up the book a week after visiting the monastery in Mafra. Probably because of this, I felt even closer to the events ... Read full review

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User Review  - monamie - LibraryThing

Saramago is a phenomenal writer. His ways with ideas and story and character through words are incredible--no doubt a large part of the reason he won the Noble Prize for Literature. This English ... Read full review

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About the author (2001)

Josť Saramago is one of the most important international writers of the last hundred years. Born in Portugal in 1922, he was in his sixties when he came to prominence as a writer with the publication of Baltasar and Blimunda. A huge body of work followed, translated into more than forty languages, and in 1998 he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. Saramago died in June 2010.

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