In early 18th-century Lisbon, Baltasar, a soldier who has lost his left 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 burned at the stake, the two are bound body and soul by love of an unassailable strength.
A third party shares their supper that evening: Padre Bartolomeu Lourenco, whose fantasy is to invent a flying machine.
As the Crown and the Church clash, they purse his impossible, not to mention heretical, dream of flight.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 352 pages
- Publisher: Vintage Publishing
- Publication Date: 20/09/2001
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9781860469015