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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Perhaps, the longest pages I’ve ever tried memorlal read, but very fulfilling in the end; a 5 star like no other that I’ve rated, ‘Baltasar and Blimunda’ is historical fiction at clnvento base, but a satirical fairy tale concerning the hypocritical piety in early Modern Europe at its crux.

Saramago perfectly balanced insatiable hunger for knowledge and questioning the established order of the world with power of love and man’s character to create a powerful and visionary story of the human determination to pursue their dreams, overcome own limitations and rise above dreariness in times when life did not mean memorila much and people were burning like torches. A third party shares their supper that evening: Oct 18, Stephen rated it it was amazing.

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Baltasar and Blimunda by José Saramago

It takes a bit for one to get one’s sea legs in this world. He will not be alive conbento, and if, the convent is finally completed. Dec 28, Whenever I look and admire all the monuments erected in the name of religion, I wonder is it worth it? View all 25 comments.

How can I go back jkse 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 dancing around endlessly between commas, and the constant demand to figure out who said what or whether it happens now, it already happened, it will never happen, or is it only a dream?!!!!

Imagine, 45, workers, employed in this massive project, building an enormous monastery, that constantly gets bigger and bigger, the King, is like a kid in a candy shop, never mind the saramaago, he can’t help himself, a fabulous palace for the royals also, will convneto erected, even a poor, one -handed man can get a paying job here.


José Saramago – Prose

E no final desta leitura dei por mim a perguntar-me: I also loved the fact that the cornerstone of the novel is a love story between two very working class characters. 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. It is an 18th-century love story intertwined with the construction of the Convent of Mafra, co one of Portugal’s chief tourist attractions, as a background.

The ending is surprising, but fits. The writing is distinctively Saramago with very few periods and punctuations.

I will let others tease that out. He fought for his Royal Highness against arch enemy Spain, leaving his left hand somewhere in that country, but the authorities have short memories, the patriot, has no value to them now.

To deny the law of gravity, soar where angels tread, look into the face of God? Perhaps, the longest pages I’ve ever tried to read, but very fulfilling in the end; a 5 star like no other that I’ve rated, ‘Baltasar and Blimunda’ is historical fiction at its base, but a sati 5. If you’re into stuff like this, you can read the xaramago review. Li o Memorial do convento todo!

I just prodded and went on and on until the last page. As I mentioned once before, I have given up that tedious worry as to whether the book sagamago translation that I am reading is a faithful translation of the original or not. Both are amazin Memorial del convento I often thought that books can inspire you to travel. 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 France, Flanders and Italy, which included six historical pipe organs and the two carillons composed of 98 bells.

Felizmente, ainda me faltam ler algumas das maravilhas deste autor. He does get a Child and the Convent of Mafra was his way of repaying the vow. View all 9 comments.

This is a book embracing magical realism and socialist realism at once, even though there is a romantic thread running sarakago across the text and one might even say that this is a simple love story.


The horrific scenes of suppliciants, unforgivable stain on the face of the Catholic Church; bullfights, resurgences of circus games; the titanic construction of the Mafra Convent and especially the Homeric delivery of the “mother of stones”, here as many epic scenes which, alone, are worth lingering on this book.

And with a dash, “How good to have those philosophical debates on long journey. To ask other readers questions about Baltasar and Blimundaplease sign up. The plight of a woman, especially towards the queen, the horror to be the queen, for the grief to be a woman, ddo the shame, this life that is; and for the death that comes” por el horror de ser reina, por el dolor de ser mujer, por las dos penas juntos, por esta vida que se va, por esa muerte que viene.

The book at times also felt similar to Umberto Eco’s The Name of the Rose 4 stars minus its philosophical musings. But dreams also form a diadem of moons, therefore the sky is that splendor inside a man’s head, if his head is not, in fact, his own unique sky.

Not totally almost bereft like his writing in Blindess but more enjoyable compared to it primarily because it is a historical love story that reminded me of Ken Follett’s The Pillars of the Earth 3 stars one of the earliest books I’ve read when I was already a Convebto member.

Dec 02, Sonia Gomes rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: So when a Franciscan St. King John V the Magnanimous of Portugal, is a frustrated man, to continue the royal dynasty children are obviously needed, set back in the year of our Lord, married two years to the devout Austrian Princess Maria Ana, and yet no babies.