Baltasar and blimunda portuguese memorial do convento 1982 is a novel by the nobel prize winning portuguese author jose saramago it is an 18th century love story intertwined with the construction of the convent of mafra now one of portugals chief tourist attractions as a background. Love in the time of inquisition whats love got to do in a society that is governed by religious bigotry and royal whims apparently nothing but it is love between two ordinary human beings around which jose saramago weaves his tale of historical fantasy baltasar and blimunda. Much reverberates in memory after reading this enchanting novel but most of all the love story which soars over the rest of the action like a flute above a heavy orchestra. Baltasar and blimunda is one of jose saramagos several masterpieces jose saramago 1922 2010 a portuguese writer won the nobel prize for literature in 1998. 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
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