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Baltasar and Blimunda (Memorial do Convento)
Baltasar and Blimunda - Memorial do Convento Author:Jose Saramago, Giovanni Pontiero (Translator) In eighteenth-century Portugal, fifty thousand laborers carry stones on their backs across mountains to build the king's convent, a heretical priest devises a magic flying machine -- the Passarola -- and two lovers' dream of flight sets them apart.
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This is typical Saramago: beautiful, dense prose (though more lighthearted than most of his other books), with magical realism at the core. Saramago won a Nobel Prize for his body of work after one of his later novels came out, "Blindness", which I recommend much more highly than this one. This is one of his more accessible books, though, and a decent (if a bit slow-paced) read.