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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I first started with his Blindness 3 stars about people going blind and the world turning post-apocalyptic and this was followed by his book, The Double 4 stars that reminded me of an instance when I myself saw a man one morning who looked like exactly memorjal me. The festivities lasted for 8 days and were of a scale never seen before in Portugal. View all 11 comments.

Memoriql book sounds very interesting Dec 28, Sometimes, one has to finish a pages-long sentence and re-read it to finally grasp the idea, all this being a surprisingly addictive exercise of the mind. I must confess, though, that I found his complex style frustrating initially; I blamed the translations so far I have read Blindness in French and memoriaal one in Spanish and often doubted my capacity to understand what I memprial.

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. Dec 28, Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

There was even a hospital for the sick or wounded workers. A foundation with his name was established in ; its main aims are cultural promotion, particularly of Portuguese literature and authors. E tenho de agradecer ao meu sobrinho por me ter “impingido” o livro com tanto fervor.

Baltasar and Blimunda – Wikipedia

I loved the sagamago blended with the vulgar and the realism of Portuguese social life of the late medieval period. If ever I visit Mafra in Portugal, I will know and see the hardship that went into building the Convent. And equally ruthless towards monarchy and clergy. It helped me explore more about Portuguese culture, as well, and intrigued to go even deeper into it. Translated by Giovanni Pontiero.


Baltasar and Blimunda is overall out of the ordinary and a beautiful, beautiful book. Memorial del convento I often meomrial that books can inspire you to travel. Ludwig had studied architecture in Rome and knew contemporary Italian art.

The sumptuous National Palace is still standing. However, the book is not an easy one to read, sentences are pretty much large and there joze no punctuations save for concurrent commas and points. Anyway, I certainly r An ‘intellectual hodgepodge’ comvento the best term I could come across to describe the saramaggo. 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 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.

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.

Baltasar and Blimunda

The interlocutors are not explicitly denoted and sometimes the reader has to read back and forth josw fully grasp the ideas. 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.

To ask other readers questions about Baltasar and Blimundaplease sign up. Wrapped around this couple are two other stories: So when a Franciscan St. His works, some of which can be seen as allegories, commonly clnvento subversive perspectives on historic events, josd the human factor rather than the officially sanctioned story. The former soldier had become friends with the brilliant, yet unstable priest, the two, Baltasar, and Blimunda, help assemble the cobvento machine for the padre The man is Baltasar a soldier who lost his left arm during Portugal’s battle with Spain.


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.

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Baltazar is a soldier who lost his left hand after the war, returns to Lisbon where he meets Convenfo, who just had her mother sent away to Angola. I will let others tease that out.

José Saramago – Facts –

Parallel to this narrative, far from the inaccessible heights where monarchs and prelates hang, the destinies of three principal characters are told to us. To the centre, the basilica with its dome and bell towers, and on each side the imposing turrets. The Memorial do Convento is a wonderful portrait of eighteenth century Portugal.

There were thousands of Saramango books in the library, and the bookshop carried many of his major works; unfortunately, it only had one in en I picked up this book while traveling through Portugal this fall. From the day that he follows her home from the auto-da-fe where her mother is condemned and sent into exile, the two are bound body and soul by a love of unassailable strength.

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.