Wednesday 17 August 2016

Paul Melo e Castro, Lengthening Shadows

Paul Melo e Castro, Lengthening Shadows: An anthology of Goa short stories translated from Portuguese, vols. 1-2. Saligao: Goa 1556 / Margao: Golden Heart Emporium, 2016. Paul’s father, who is Portuguese, was born in Goa and lived there until 1961. (see http://www.heraldgoa.in/Cafe/Lengthening-shadows-to-reconnect-with-our-roots/91782.html, as of 17.08.2016) Paul himself was born in 1978.

The advantage of his being in many ways an ‘outsider’ is that he can put down the difficult facts about caste from an outsider point of view. Most of the writers, he admits, belonged to the upper castes, whether Brahmin or Chardo.


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