Baltasar and Blimunda by Saramago
…Lisbon could be seen stretching beyond the city walls. The castle dominated the panorama, while church towers and spires rose above the rooftops of the houses below, a blurred conglomeration of gables. (…)
There stood Lisbon, presented on the palm of the earth, a façade of high walls and tall houses.
SARAMAGO, José, Baltasar & Blimunda, Harvill Press/London, 1998, p
Once upon a time there was a king who wanted to build a convent.
Once upon a time there was a one-harm soldier
Once upon a time there was a woman with powers
Once upon a time there was a priest who wanted to fly
Once upon a time…
( Translated from the portuguese Edition Caminho)
José Saramago weaves the early 18th century Portugal almost like a fairy tale where a King, a one-harm soldier, a witch, a flying priest merge into a magical story.
We may not recognize the Lisbon where Baltasar arrives. But through the guidance of Saramago’s novel, we will have a glimpse of the atmosphere of the bustling city.
Even if you haven’t read the novel, the tour will unravel a different Lisbon.
Meeting Point: Casa dos Bicos
Rua dos Bacalhoeiros, 1100-135 Lisbon