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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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. Their worldview is touching and extremely interesting, insofar as it reveals what the Portuguese peasant thought of the world. 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.

When one first encounters the di of capturing human “wills” with which to power memoriial flying machine, one is a initially a bit disoriented.

Saramago’s house in Lanzarote is also open to the public. View all 6 comments. Nov 01, Henry Avila rated it really liked it. View all 9 comments. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. 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. If you’re into stuff like this, you can read the full review.


There are very serious sides throughout. Work continued till mmeorial, when the work force was needed in Lisbon to assist in the devastations of the Lisbon earthquake. The machine shuddered, then swayed as if trying to regain its balance, there was a loud creaking from the metal plates and the entwined canes, and suddenly, as if it were being sucked in by a luminous vortex, it went up making two complete turns, and no sooner had it risen above the walls of the coach-house than it recovered its balance, raised its head like a seagull, and soared like an arrow straight up into ssaramago sky.

Besides the conversation of women, it is dreams that keep the world in orbit. The basilica and the convent were inaugurated on the day of the King’s 41st birthday on October 22, Thousands labouring workers to satisfy the morbid ambitions of monks and pamper bloated ego of the king remind us of builders pyramids in antiquity.

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. Then when the new books edition came up in and saw another book by him making it to covento list, I read Caim 4 stars right away. The Memorial do Convento is a wonderful portrait of eighteenth century Portugal.

Memorial del convento / Baltasar and Blimunda by Jose Saramago | : Books

Lists with This Book. Felizmente, ainda me faltam ler algumas das maravilhas deste autor. In its heart, this is a love story between Baltazar and Blimunda also the title in English. Transporting huge blocks of marble from the quarry to the site of the convent is for want of a better word, back breaking. Central Library safamago Trivandrum, Kerala. The Moon, from where you came; the Sun, to where you are going.


José Saramago – Prose

Memorial do Convento rings in at number eight and I can see why. Construction began by the laying of the first stone on November 17, with a grand ceremony in the presence of the king, his entire court and the Cardinal Patriarch of Lisbon. Is she a witch?

There was even a hospital for the memoriak or wounded workers. Not totally almost bereft like his writing in Blindess but more enjoyable compared to it primarily because it is a historical love story that reminded me of Ken Follett’s The Pillars of the Earth 3 stars one of the earliest books I’ve read when I was already a Goodreads member. I must confess, though, that I found his complex style frustrating convetno I blamed the translations so far I have read Blindness in French and this one in Spanish and often doubted my capacity to understand what I read.

I will probably reread it in 10 years or so. And equally ruthless towards monarchy and clergy. Translated by Giovanni Pontiero.