A House of Many Mansions: Goan Literature in Portuguese
Edited by: Paul Melo E Castro and Cielo G. Festino
9789386301628 | Paperback | pp. 340 | 2017 | Under The Peepal Tree
The book, of Goan Literature in Portuguese, gathers translations of short stories, poems and extracts of novels, and sets them alongside critical articles that aim to open up this body of writing for a contemporary Anglophone reader in Goa and further afield.
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Goan writing in Portuguese has had a long and chequered history and at present is all but unknown in the region that inspired it, and by the descendants of those who produced it.
This collection, titled A House of Many Mansions : Goan Literature in Portuguese (An Anthology of Original Essays, Short Stories and Poems), originally published as a special edition of the reputed literary magazine Muse India, gathers translations of short stories, poems and extracts of novels and sets them alongside critical articles that aim to open up this body of writing for a contemporary Anglophone reader in Goa and further afield.
Though often (but not exclusively) produced from a position of social advantage, and predominantly by Catholics, this branch of Goan literature contains many viewpoints on the history, identity and society of a territory that, while colonised by Portugal for hundreds of years, has always negotiated its place in the world in a wider Indian context. In this house of writing there are indeed many mansions.
Paul Melo E Castro
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About the Editors
Paul Melo e Castro is a British scholar and academic, known for his work on editing and translating particularly Indo-Portuguese literature. His area of work is Lusophone literature, film and visual culture. Dr. Castro has translated and edited two book-length works, Lengthening Shadows: An Anthology of Goan Short Stories translated from the Portuguese (Volume I and II). He is also the author of Shades of Grey: 1960s Lisbon in Novel, Film and Photography.
Argentinean scholar Dr Cielo Griselda Festino is from the Universidade Paulista works in the fields of English Literature, World Literatures and Literary Theory.
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