Melo e Castro, Paul, editor. Lengthening Shadows: An Anthology of Goan Short Stories Translated from Portuguese. 2 vols. Goa 1566 and Golden Heart Emporium, 2016.

R. Benedito Ferrão


In translating and compiling the 45 stories in this double volume, editor Paul Melo e Castro showcases the legacy of the Portuguese short story from erstwhile Goa Portuguesa. Between 1510 and 1961, Goa was the capital of Luso-Asia and the Estado da Índia Portuguesa. For Melo e Castro, the anthology functions as "the autopsy of a dead literature," focused as it is on a corpus that spans the period between 1864 and 1987 (8). 

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