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