Item description for Memorial Del Convento/baltazar And Blimunda by Jose Saramago...
Set in the Inquisition, this novel brings to life the common people of the time in Portugal. The king Juan V needs an heir but the queen cannot conceive. In his desperation, he promises to build a convent if he has an heir.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.5" Width: 5.25" Height: 1.01" Weight: 1.14 lbs.
Release Date Jan 1, 1998
Publisher Santillana USA Publishing Company
ISBN 8420484385 ISBN13 9788420484389
Availability 0 units.
More About Jose Saramago
JOSE SARAMAGO (1922-2010) was the author of many novels, among them Blindness, All the Names, Baltasar and Blimunda, and The Year of the Death of Ricardo Reis. In 1998 he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature.
Jose Saramago was born in 1922.
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extraordinary novel written by a remarkable author Feb 19, 1999
if you believe that travelling trough time is possible, then you should read this book. the author describes the extraordinary environmentt in the xvii century in Portugal. the literary style is one of the most original contributions ever made to the postmodern languange.
Love and Fantasy in Baroque Lisbon, haunted by Inquisition Oct 27, 1998
SPOILER: Set in the Portuguese 17th Century, BALTASAR AND BLIMUNDA is one of the most touching love stories I have ever read. Baltasar is a cripled war survivor that lost his left hand and got a hook instead. He has his own views about God, namely that, He, too is a cripled since nowhere is his left hand refferred to (Christ sits at His right hand, etc.) Blimunda is a mysterious Girl whose mother is accused of Witchcraft and burned at the stake in front of her by the Inquisition. At that moment the girl sees Baltasar who is also (like most of the City's people) attending the Act of Faith, and Blimunda's soul is blended to his by legacy of her mother's soul. Blimunda inherited also other of her mother's gifts, most prominent of them, the ability to see inside people... Literally. An uncanny gift against which Blimunda has only one remedy: to eat bread right after waking up. They choose to stay with each other... Unmarried. Together they are hired by Jesuit savant priest Bartholomew de Gusmão, who has his own dangerous views about God, Science and Faith in this time of fierce Inquisition. They are to help him with his very secret, very daring project: a flying machine... The Baroque Age is at its greatest splendour. The Horrors of the Inquisition are at their most terrible and the King of Portugal does not have a heir. He makes a promise to God that he'll have built the biggest convent that Portugal has ever seen if he's blessed with a Son. The Queen gives birth. And the Convent will be built! If you enjoyed baroque stories like RESTAURATION you will be dazzled by this Jewell. The author, Saramago writes with a neverinding, unponctuated paragraph style, that reminds the ancient royal chroniclers. Please, PLEASE don't let this draw you back from the book. Make an effort to go through the first two chapters and you'll get used to it. More: you'll be hooked.
Love and death in a Baroque lisbon Haunted by Inquisition Oct 16, 1998
If you enjoyed baroque stories like RESTAURATION you will be dazzled by this Jewel. Nobel Prize of Literature 1998 José Saramago, writes with a neverending, unponctuated paragraph style, that reminds the ancient royal chroniclers. It is a sort of oral text, almost meant to be read aloud. Please, PLEASE don't let this draw you back from the book. Make an effort to go through the first two chapters and you'll get used to it. More: you'll be hooked.
I would like to question Mr Saramago in regard to his views on Cinema. He has alowed adaptations of this book for Theatre (November premiere in Portugal)and Opera (BLIMUNDA, premiered 1990 LA SCALLA - Milan). So why his persistent refusal to allow a Cinema adaptation? Is Cinema necessarily a minor art for him in comparison to Opera and Theatre? Has he heard of Welles? Preminger? Lang? Ford? Hawks? Casavetes? Truffaut? Visconti? Fellini? Pasolini? Tarkowski? And if you argue these are all dead, what about the active ones: Bergman? Goddard? Proyas? Konchalovski? Mikhalkhov? Cameron -- Picture Leo DiCaprio as Baltazar? :-) Sure Hollywood produces Godzilla and such, but that's not all there is to cinema.
Personally I believe directors like Mike Figgis (leaving las Vegas, One Night Stand)or Jean Paul Rapenneau (Cyrano de Bergerac, Horseman on the Roof) or even Bille August (Pelle the Conqueror, Les Miserables) would do a good work with this Novel. (In terms of Spectacle this would be Spielberg Material --I'm suspicious of him though after AMISTAD where among many other historical inacuracies the Portuguese spoke Spanish?? - although he partially redeemed himself with Priv. Ryan. Richard Zimler's THE LAST KHABALIST OF LISBON --Search this site for this one-- would be a great Spielberg Film, too)
Not too long ago I saw Mr. Saramago in a talk show (Falatório)on Portuguese Pubcaster RTP2 admiting to host Clara Ferreira Alves that he never quite grasped why this novel had such a mammouth success while his other subsequent works, while very successfull, never quite measured to it.
Well, it feels very simple to me: First it's a spectacular and epic rendition of history and fantasy. And second, it's a breathtakingly beautiful love story. How much closer to public appeal can you get?
I ordered an out of print American Edition of this book from this site to offer a friend. It arrived the day Saramago won the Nobel. I think it was prophetic.