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Baltasar and Blimunda

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ISBN13: 9780156005203
ISBN10: 0156005204
Condition: Standard
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Widely considered to be one of the most accomplished works from Portugal's only Nobel laureate, Baltasar and Blimunda is a heart-wrenching epic of prodigious scope. Set in the early years of the eighteenth century, the story seamlessly intertwines elements of historical fact, romantic love, richly-imagined fantasy, and poignant wisdom. Satirical and mesmerizing, this tale is a towering achievement of considerable breadth — it explores the consequences of unmitigated power, the lofty and timeless aspirations of the human spirit, and the quiet humility of enduring love. With a conclusion as riveting as it is doleful, Saramago's innate ability to capture even the most elusive of human idiosyncrasies will undoubtedly leave an indelible mark upon the reader.
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Joseph Strauss (a dentist and bachelor, client of the Eleven Titties brothel and of Der Große Bär beer cellar) leaves Prussia in the spring of 1866 and follows a captain of dragoons to Bucharest, where the officer is to ascend the throne as prince of the United Principalities of Romania. War is imminent in central Europe, but the company of a special tomcat, a guardian angel of sorts, helps him to overcome all dangers. 

In Bucharest, Joseph will meet and fall in love with an attractive nanny, while the prince distances himself from the dentist, seeking to erase all stains from his past, particularly his involvement with a beautiful blind prostitute. But unbeknownst to him, she has given birth to a baby boy with a suspiciously aristocratic nose . . . 

Nations are invented and dissolved overnight, kingdoms are for sale, Bucharest grows from a muddy pigsty into an elegant capital city, and love turns everything upside down in The Days of the King.

Synopsis:

Portugal, 1711. In the midst of the terrors of the Inquisition and the plague, a seemingly mismatched couple discovers the wonders of love. This rich, irreverent tale, full of magic and adventure and graced with extraordinary historical detail, is a tapestry of human folly and human will — a fabulous cross between One Hundred Years of Solitude and The Name of the Rose.

Synopsis:

A novel about the adventures of a dentist and the future king of Romania, set in nineteenth-century Bucharest.

Synopsis:

From the recipient of the 1998 Nobel Prize in Literature, a “brilliant...enchanting novel” (New York Times Book Review) of romance, deceit, religion, and magic set in eighteenth-century Portugal at the height of the Inquisition. National bestseller. Translated by Giovanni Pontiero.

About the Author

JOSÉ SARAMAGO was born in 1922. He is the author of numerous novels, including Blindness, All the Names, The Cave, and Death with Interruptions. In 1998 he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature.

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Matt Kruger, January 14, 2013 (view all comments by Matt Kruger)
A beautiful, challenging, rewarding book. The imagery is charming, the characters engaging, and the narrative compelling. I highly recommend it.
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knauerhase_s, November 18, 2008 (view all comments by knauerhase_s)
This is a fabulous book which combines detailed realism, some but not too much fantasy, a sublime love story, and a deep understanding of the human condition. Although I finished it several days ago I can't stop thinking about it, and I hope to continue to do so. It conveys an intensely physical sense of life in Portugal in the early 1700s as the central characters walk the earth, often barefooted, and for a few moments soar high above it.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780156005203
Translator:
Pontiero, Giovanni
Author:
Pontiero, Giovanni
Author:
Blyth, Alistair Ian
Author:
eacute
Author:
Florian, Filip
Author:
Saramago, Jose
Author:
&
Author:
Jos
Author:
Saramago
Author:
Saramago, Jos
Publisher:
Harvest Books
Location:
San Diego :
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Continental european fiction (fictional works
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Portugal
Subject:
Historical fiction
Subject:
Love stories
Subject:
Portuguese fiction -- 20th century -- Translations into English.
Subject:
Portuguese fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st Harvest ed.
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
19981031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
360
Dimensions:
8 x 5.31 in 0.73 lb

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Product details 360 pages Harvest/HBJ Book - English 9780156005203 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

Widely considered to be one of the most accomplished works from Portugal's only Nobel laureate, Baltasar and Blimunda is a heart-wrenching epic of prodigious scope. Set in the early years of the eighteenth century, the story seamlessly intertwines elements of historical fact, romantic love, richly-imagined fantasy, and poignant wisdom. Satirical and mesmerizing, this tale is a towering achievement of considerable breadth — it explores the consequences of unmitigated power, the lofty and timeless aspirations of the human spirit, and the quiet humility of enduring love. With a conclusion as riveting as it is doleful, Saramago's innate ability to capture even the most elusive of human idiosyncrasies will undoubtedly leave an indelible mark upon the reader.

"Synopsis" by , Portugal, 1711. In the midst of the terrors of the Inquisition and the plague, a seemingly mismatched couple discovers the wonders of love. This rich, irreverent tale, full of magic and adventure and graced with extraordinary historical detail, is a tapestry of human folly and human will — a fabulous cross between One Hundred Years of Solitude and The Name of the Rose.
"Synopsis" by ,
A novel about the adventures of a dentist and the future king of Romania, set in nineteenth-century Bucharest.
"Synopsis" by ,
From the recipient of the 1998 Nobel Prize in Literature, a “brilliant...enchanting novel” (New York Times Book Review) of romance, deceit, religion, and magic set in eighteenth-century Portugal at the height of the Inquisition. National bestseller. Translated by Giovanni Pontiero.

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