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Be the first to ask a question about Baltasar and Blimunda. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. Sort order. Nov 01, Henry Avila rated it really liked it. 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. At twenty -one, the good-looking monarch feels a little insulted, because of his failures, but the House of Braganza will eventually rule for almost years, this small still wealthy land then, and besides other women have proven it's not his fault.
So when a Franciscan St. Francis friar promises that God will grant the King his wish, through their prayers, if a convent, monastery is built for that religious order, John the Fifth agrees readily as soon as the Queen gives birth The vast Portuguese Empire in Asia, Africa and South America is very rich, money keeps flowing into the royal treasury, they are the envy of the rest of Europe, the all-powerful king can do anything he wants.
Mafra, a small town about 17 miles outside Lisbon is chosen for the project's site, at the lower end of the totem pole is an ex, disabled soldier by the name of Baltasar Mateus, nicknamed "Seven Suns".
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. 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.
Baltasar has been trying hopelessly, to get a government pension in the city, with the help of Padre Bartolomeu Lourenco a historical figure, known as the "Flying Man" because he was building a fantastic flying machine, the young King is strangely supporting this bold endeavor.
The former soldier had become friends with the brilliant, yet unstable priest, the two Baltasar and Blimunda, help assemble the flying machine for the padre Still rulers don't like to give money away, no pension so the new couple decide to go back to Mafra Baltasar home town, his good parents and sister live there and greet him with tears in their eyes, after so many long years apart.
Imagine, 45, workers employed in this massive project, building an enormous monastery which is constantly gets bigger and bigger, the King is like a kid in a candy shop, never mind the expense he can't help himself, a fabulous palace for the royals also will be erected, even a poor, one -handed man can get a paying job here. 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.
A superior novel , for anyone who likes historical fiction, very well written a gem. The sumptuous National Palace is still standing. View all 10 comments. If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review.
Et ego in illo: To the centre, the basilica with its dome and bell towers, and on each side the imposing turrets. The portico columns clearly showed the neoclassical influence, complemented by several sculptures in the same style.
Saramago tells us that 40, workers worked night and day so that the Basilica could be finished on D.
View all 6 comments. It is an 18th-century love story intertwined with the construction of the Convent of Mafra, now one of Portugal's chief tourist attractions, as a background. The lovers are always at center stage wrapped in Saramago's language, which ranges from short simple sentences to surrealistic, unpunctuated paragraphs that help to intensify both the action and the setting. View 2 comments. 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.
Thousands labouring workers to satisfy the morbid ambitions of monks and pamper bloated ego of the king remind us of builders pyramids in antiquity. Is it the ancient Egypt or the Catholic Portugal pride of kings and hypocrisy of clergy seems to be unchanged for centuries. 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.
Marriage of the altar and the throne always looked the same and the little people as ever were losers. People would kneel before the king, the bishop, the altar, the procession, the image of a saint. They would kneel so often that actually did not get up from their knees at all. Saramago is wonderfully ironic and blasphemous. And equally ruthless towards monarchy and clergy. 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!
To deny the law of gravity, soar where angels tread, look into the face of God? Indeed, rather dangerous chimera in the time of the Inquisition. Baltasar and Blimunda , alternately brutally realistic and wonderfully magical, you can hear echo of magical realism here is a remarkable tale. 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 too much and people were burning like torches.
View all 14 comments. Jun 22, Josh rated it it was amazing Shelves: 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.
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 satirical fairy tale concerning the hypocritical piety in early Modern Europe at its crux.
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The language and prose is not only shockingly comical speaking of the queen as merely a receptacle for reproduction , but philosophical, brutal and beautiful. Also, with his usual 'non-quotation' dialogue, it makes it a bit dense and a slow read, but if you like Saramago, you know what to expect.
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. The character development is superb and nothing is left to wonder, which, for this tale, is perfect.
The ending is surprising, but fits.
I can easily see how nobel committee members would award him the prize from this work alone. In these times of intolerance and superstition, King John V 'the Magnanimous' reign on Portugal and its subjects.
So when a monk of St. Francis order promises the coming of an heir if he finally agreed to the request, the Franciscans renewed for dozens of years, to have a convent, the king promises. And what the king promises, he does and orders. Parallel to this narrative, far from the inaccessible heights where monarchs and prelates hang, the destinies of three principal characters are told to us. He died at Toledo in a state of insanity, when he had fled from the ire of the Holy Office.
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. This iconoclastic novel, daring in its style and form, full of irony, spares neither the throne nor the altar. I have always thought that one must be full of a creative madness to write the way it is composed this novel.
It is a sheer original, brilliant and spellbound novel. I was tightly and irrevocably encapsulated by the read from page one. What a better start of the novel than by writing of this early 18th century Lisbon royal atmosphere: Already there are rumors at court, both within and without the royal palace, that the Queen is barren, an insinuation that is carefully guarded from hostile ears and tongues and confided only to intimates.
That anyone should blame the King is unthinkable, first because infertility is an evil that befalls not men but women, who for that very reason are often disowned and second, because there is material evidence, should such a thing be necessary, in the horde of bastards produced by the royal semen, who populate the kingdom and even at this moment are forming a procession in the square.
Moreover, it is not the King but the Queen who spends all her time in prayer, beseeching a child from heaven, for two good reasons. The first reason is that a king, especially a king of Portugal, does not ask for something that he alone can provide, and the second reason is that a woman is essentially a vessel made to be filled, a natural supplicant, whether she pleads in novenas or in occasional prayers.
Yet God is almighty…. For, after all, we can escape from everything, but not from ourselves. My first encounter with the Portuguese Jose Saramago, winner of the Nobel prize for literature in , proved to be a perfect match, reading-wise.
Enjoyed myself way too much and above of what I can further add here in. View all 3 comments.
Como se costuma dizer: A mim, parece-me bem Se sofri com o final? View all 25 comments. View all 5 comments. Memorial del convento I often thought that books can inspire you to travel. After traveling to Portugal last year, both books have become even more real after seeing many of the places visited.
Both books have painted different periods of history in Portugal, the early twentieth century in Ricardo Reis; the early eighteenth century in Memorial. Both are amazin Memorial del convento I often thought that books can inspire you to travel.
Both are amazing tales of the human spirit and I read both in Spanish apologies for not reading in Portuguese Memorial do Convento rings in at number eight and I can see why.
In its heart, this is a love story between Baltazar and Blimunda also the title in English. 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. Both have lost something and their love begins immediately.
Blimunda has the ability to see inside a person and needs to eat bread before opening her eyes every morning.
Is she a witch? A non-believer? They become inseparable. They are given nicknames, Baltazar is Seven Suns because he can see clearly; Blimunda is Seven Moons because she she can see in the dark.
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What can happen next? Portugal in the early 18th century has yielded us the following.
The country is Hell, governed by a viciously stupid royal family, and tortured incessantly by a Church indistinguishable from the Inquisition. What saves it from hellishness? Saramago prophetically consigns Portugal, the Catholic Church and the monarchy to the hell of history. The Passarola, image of illusory freedom, saves no one, and its great inventor exiles himself to die in Toledo.
We are in Hell again, that is to say historical Portugal in December , with Salazar come to power, and Spain about to endure the Fascist usurpation. Our hero is the amiable poet, Dr. They will go on meeting, since ghosts have eight months of freedom, and in the meantime Lydia enters the bed of Ricardo Reis. I pause to note that I know no other novelistic atmosphere at all like the ambiance of The Year of the Death of Ricardo Reis.
It is an utterly new mode of aestheticism: both visionary and realistic, the cosmos of the great poet Pessoa and of the Fascist dictator Salazar and yet it presents us also with an original literary enigma: how long can Ricardo Reis survive the death of Fernando Pessoa?
What a triumph for Pessoa, and for Saramago. Here, where the sea ends and the earth awaits. The will of Baltasar belonged to Blimunda and the earth, and the earth awaits both poets, Pessoa and Reis. That elm branch starts all the trouble anyway, and converts Iberia into a stone raft, after Joana Carda scratches the ground with it, having no idea it was a magic wand. It would madden me, and all of us, if I attempted to summarize this sublimely zany narrative. Its given is summary enough; the entire slab of Spain and Portugal has spun loose from Europe, and heads out into the Atlantic.
I retract; there is no aesthetic burden for the cunning Saramago. We never get at all far from that original outrage. It is almost halfway through the novel, on page , that Joanna Carda explains why and how the catastrophe happened?
They advanced to the middle of the clearing, drew close, there was the line, as clear as if it had just been drawn, the earth piled up on either side, the bottom layer still damp despite the warmth of the sun. They remain silent, the men are at a loss for words, Joana Carda has nothing more to say, this is the moment for a daring gesture that could make a mockery of her wonderful tale. She drags one foot over the ground, smooths the soil as if she were using a level, stamps on it and presses down, as if committing an act of sacrilege.
The next moment, before the astonished gaze of all the onlookers, the line reappears, it looks exactly as it was before, the tiny particles of soil, the grains of sand resume their previous shape and form, return to where they were before, and the line is back.
Between the part that was obliterated and the rest, between one side and the other, there is no visible difference.
Nothing works; she is accurate. When then is to be done? Saramago, who is the Devil, is not so much making fun of Europe, or even of Nato or the European Community, but of the ultimate ideas of the geopolitical, the geological, and of all related fantasies that pass as realities. By page The joke, once started cannot be stopped. The late J. Or rather, they tag along, as only the dog seems to know where they are going.
Another, Joaquim Sassa, will be selected by Maire Guavaira, to whose house the dog leads them. That leaves Pedro Orce, who is closest to the wise dog, whose name sometimes in Pilot. In a general time of anxiety and exodus, we now see that Saramago has constructed an oasis, where two women, three men, a dog, and now also a horse, live in perfect harmony.
Fortunately, Iberia alters course, and there is no disaster, and the little group the dog now named Constant waits to see whether they will surge on to join Canada or the United States.
Sadly, our little community falls out, for a time, even as Portugal and Spain drift towards North America. But the peninsula begins to move away, and rotate, and Pedro Orce dies, and everyone weeps, the dog included. He is buried, the dog Ardent departs, the peninsula has stopped, and the two couples will continue on their wanderings, carrying the elm branch with them.
This rugged narrative does not want to be interpreted, nor should we be tactless, but I will hover round it, as Werner Herzog keeps our eyes circling his raft in Aguirre the Wrath of God my favorite movie, with Klaus Kinski as Aguirre as Kinski. Pedro Orce has the Hemingwayesque ability to kick up earth-tremblings, but all it gets him is the dog.
The book-long hegira of the group cannot sustain interpretation or rather interprets itself as a sustained irony. At least these men and women are not going to become the unctuous Portuguese prime-minister, who drones on exhorting the noble Portuguese to be steadfast while he secretly entreats Galicia to come over to Portugal.
It breathes authentic ardour; read it side-by-side with the roughly similar matter in D. I add the assertion of the divine Oscar Wilde, which is that the highest criticism is the only form of autobiography that avoids vulgarity. Raimundo Silva, a proofreader, audaciously revises this history, so that only the Portuguese King retakes his own capital. Baltasar and Blimunda is properly full of scorn of Church and Kingdom, but that also curbs exuberance.
The later books—Blindness and All the Names—are dark works, though to very different degrees. But, going on seventy-one, I am willing to be sentimental. The love-story of Raimundo Silva and Maria Sara is sweet, not bittersweet. Both Raimundo and Maria Sara are weather-beaten, and the mutual love that comes to them is an enchantment for the reader, whoever she or he is. Like Blake, Saramago sees through the eye, not with it.
The traveler gives us the spiritual form of Portugal: a compound of culture and history with what only the inner eye can behold. Sometimes, in reading Journey to Portugal, I am haunted by subtly complex intimations of the dark novel of , the disturbing fantasy called Blindness.
Only so comprehensive and searching a seer would turn, years later, to such a fantasy. To see so much, and so well, is to anticipate the terrors and yet also the dignity of loss. The concept of dignity returns me to the love of Maria Sara and Raimundo, and to the humane comedy of The History of the Siege of Lisbon. The Gospel According to Jesus Christ changed these notes to that of cosmological tragedy.
He has always, as narrator, been his own best character: both in and out of his work, and watching and wondering at it. But where he stands in his Gospel seems disputable. But here I am perhaps at odds with Saramago and would prefer that anyone interested consult my extended essay on the Gospel. As with the Gospel, this austere masterpiece is too complex for simple summary, and I hope to write of it elsewhere.
And that is all. As writers, they dwell on what possibilities there are for navigating politics and literature, thus promoting their own legitimacy by way of self-analysis.
By appropriating and subverting the socially imposed position of the subaltern, these writers affirm themselves as subjects of their discourse, a way of subverting mainstream perceptions about blacks and challenging objectification, exoticism and stereotyping.
Miriam Alves, the first female poet to be a part of Quilombhoje, sets the stage for ideological confrontation between her feminist agenda and the male-dominated sphere.
The advent of affirmative action, the rise of Black Studies, and the incorporation of African and Afro-Brazilian studies into the education and university curricula are the result of endeavors such as Cadernos Negros and Quilombhoje, even as questions remain about their future mission and direction.
Moorings: Portuguese Expansion and the Writing of Africa. The first chapter situates the reader in an Africa that is concurrently familiar and strange to early modern European eyes. The Moor, like his geographical space, is thus a conveniently empty signifier, whose body could be endowed as desired with the Reviews connotations and opinions of the pen that sketched it.
By the time of the first Portuguese campaigns into Africa, those bodies and spaces had been filled with the continuation of Reconquest discourse, this time as a penetration into geography beyond the confines of the Iberian Peninsula.
The physical and cultural proximity of Iberia and Africa undoes the distance necessary for a traditionally eroticized Orientalist view of Africa and instead falls into a messier paradigm of cross-cultural and proto- racial relationships.
Africa, in this vision, is at once a space and destination and a mere stop on an Indies-oriented itinerary.
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Nevertheless, Blackmore contends, the very act of imperial expansion, by creating and occupying places of strangeness, disrupts the stable orthodoxy of patria. By gaining familiarity with Africa over the course of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, the Portuguese banished the possibility of being able to view Africa as a diametric Other.
Blackmore identifies the moment of the turn around the Cape of Good Hope as when the European gaze loses its power as the basis of epistemological authority. The slippage created by this recognition of self in an Other within an epic poem committed to the glorification of Portuguese imperial expansion disrupts the ineluctability of that project and drives home the ambiguity carried in the one hundred and twenty-five years of textual production glossed by Moorings.
Moorings provides a remarkable, illuminating vision of European encounters with Africans that leaves the reader with no doubts about the importance of these texts to a broader understanding of European colonialist enterprises.
The author deftly makes his way through a century and a half of discursive empire building, leading his audience past pitfalls of simplistic binaries to what one hopes is an embarkation point for more similarly adroit and elucidating studies.
One of the considerable merits of this book is its in-depth exploration of diverse forms of cultural production, visual as well as verbal, from ephemeral public spectacle, through architecture and public art, to literary fiction and autobiography.
The critical spotlight falls here on the intense debates and negotiations that resulted from the increasingly incompatible claims of, on the one hand, the aesthetics of internationalist modernism represented by the artists and, on the other, the conservative nationalist views of the government officials who commissioned and oversaw the projects which included a church and several maritime stations.
Anna M. Cardiff: University of Wales Press, The pigeonholing of Saramago as an enemy of religion, an intolerant communist and a betrayer of his country after moving to the Canary Islands; or as an anti-globalization hero, a paladin of human rights, and one of the last true upholders of the values of the Revolution—depending on the political colors of the critic in question—polarizes his potential readership and ultimately leads to a neutralization of both the literary innovations and the real social challenges highlighted in his texts, as these get buried under layers of media scandal.
Frier is also particularly attentive to intertextuality, a device employed by Saramago to create a thick web of literary and historical references often alluded to mockingly or ironically by a playful narrator. Frier meticulously enumerates the intertextual echoes of key passages in order to show how the writer appropriates the ugly underside of a conservative and oppressive tradition that is handed down unquestioningly in society, all the while rewriting parts of this tradition by embedding it in his texts.
The fleeting references to the Gramscian theorization of the role of the intellectual in Chapter Two leave a number of questions unanswered. In Chapter One, Frier acknowledges that Saramago privileges Marxist ideologemes 31 , but the discussion of economic relations, resistance, alienation and power sections 2, 4, 5 and 6 of the chapter, respectively barely includes any allusions to the Marxian theory where these terms originated, let alone an account of how Saramago creatively refashions Marxist thought in his fiction.
Porto: Deriva, Nothing works; she is accurate. Octavio Paz Modern Critical Views. In other words, if, for Eco, the modern rejects the past, the post-modern acknowledges it, but refuses to consider it innocently.
The three, then, decide to conduct their work in a secret workshop on an abandoned estate. A further fact that the reader may remark, in this context of the continuing appropriation of cultural capital for political ends, is that Saramago advances his own use of Pessoa s work by exploiting its intertextual echoes of Borges s symbology of the game of chess.
Buescu, Helena, Fortunately, Iberia alters course, and there is no disaster, and the little group the dog now named Constant waits to see whether they will surge on to join Canada or the United States. On the other hand, it is also a critique of representation, for the writer is not here advocating a medium that would be capable of better approximating reality, does not claim that a movie, for instance, would be capable of doing what writing cannot, because what is in question is the very nature of representation itself.
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