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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Saramago’s house in Lanzarote is also open to the public. To the centre, the basilica with its dome and bell towers, and on each side the imposing turrets.

However, the book is not an easy one to read, sentences are pretty much large and there are no punctuations save for concurrent commas and points. 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. Select the category or categories you would like to filter by Physics.

Baltasar and Blimunda

If ever I visit Mafra in Portugal, I will know and see the hardship that went into building the Convent. Bastam as suas palavras.

jkse He’s irreverent when with wry humour is stigmatizing their sanctimony, greed, lecherousness and stupidity, he’s sarcastic describing endless ceremonials, the institution of the saints and indulgences, and, what a heresy!

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. That common, withered, English Major word is re-informed by this novel.

Memorial del convento / Baltasar and Blimunda

It takes a bit for one to get one’s sea legs in this world. E tenho de agradecer ao meu sobrinho por me ter “impingido” o livro com tanto fervor. A book that will definitively leave you thinking and safamago for more After traveling to Portugal last year, both books have become even more real after seeing many of the places visited. Nov 01, Henry Avila rated it really liked it.


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And equally ruthless towards monarchy and clergy. 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 of the Inquisition. Quotes from Baltasar and Blim I can easily see how nobel committee members would award him the prize from this work alone.

I loved the mysticism blended with xo vulgar and the realism of Portugue 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.

Parallel to this narrative, far from the inaccessible heights where monarchs and prelates hang, the destinies of three principal characters are told to us.

Blimunda drew near and placed her two hands over that of Baltasar and, with a concerted gesture, as if this were the only way it could be done, both of them pulled the rope. The plight of a woman, especially towards the queen, the horror to be the queen, for the grief to be a woman, “for 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.

There are very serious sides throughout. Baltasar and Blimunda is a love story so it is a good book for Valentine’s Day. The basilica and the convent were inaugurated on the day of the King’s 41st birthday on October 22, Every book by him seems to be a totally different idea.


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I picked up a Spanish translation, as my knowledge of Portuguese is nonexistent. This fabulous work saramavo ingenuity is featured as a drawing by Saramago on the cover – a strange bird like contraption that also becomes the heart of the story. They used kg of gunpowder to blast through the bedrock for the laying of foundations.

For memoorial new to Saramango, there will be the initial uphill battle of deciphering and decoding sentences four or five pages long, a lack of paragraph indentation and periods, and a plethora of commas separating dialogues, questions, and answers, of one to various characters— Saramango leaves it up to the reader to identify the speaker. The horrific scenes of suppliciants, unforgivable stain on the face of the Catholic Church; bullfights, resurgences comvento 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.

Dec 28, Saraamago have lost something and their love begins immediately. View all 19 comments. There were thousands of Saramango books in the library, and the bookshop carried many of his major works; unfortunately, it only had one in english.

It was worth the many whiles.

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