Baltasar and Blimunda (Paperback)
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Short Description for Baltasar and Blimunda Set in early 18th-century Portugal, this novel tells the story of the love between Baltasar, a soldier who lost a hand in the wars, and Blimunda, whose mother died at the hands of the Inquisition.
- Published: 20 September 2001
- Format: Paperback 352 pages
- ISBN 13: 9781860469015 ISBN 10: 1860469019
- Sales rank: 59,316
Full description for Baltasar and Blimunda
When King and Church exercise absolute power what happens to the dreams of ordinary people? In early eighteenth century Lisbon, Baltasar, a soldier who has lost a hand in battle, falls in love with Blimunda, a young girl with visionary powers. From the day that he follows her home from the auto-da-fe where her mother is condemned and burned at the stake, the two are bound body and soul by a love of unassailable strength. A third party shares their supper that evening: Pardere Bartolemeu Lourenco, whose fantasy is to invent a flying machine. As the inquisition rages and royalty and religion clash, they pursue his impossible, not to mention heretical, dream of flight.