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Echoes of Goa: São Paulo, Brazil

September 13, 2011 in Uncategorized | Comments (5)


Yesterday, at São Paulo University, met Prof. Dr. Lynn Mario T. Menezes de Souza.

His is a fascinating history of travel. His family hails from Salvador do Mundo in Goa (he is a ‘gaonkar’), but he grew up in Aden and was sent to boarding school in England. His was a very left-wing family (in the US he’d be called a ‘red-diaper baby’) and his political interests took him to Mozambique. Things didn’t work out as envisioned (do they ever?) and he decided to visit Brazil. He fell in love with the country and has been teaching literature in the Departamento de Letras Modernas in the Universadade de São Paulo for many years.

He told me about a novel about Goa, Os Bramanes, that was written in Portuguese by a Goan in the 19th century. He says it is regarded as a masterpiece. Unfortunately it has not been translated. I looked on the Net and could find nothing on it in English.

Considering how many writers – and Portuguese speaking writers, at that – there are in Goa, it is amazing – shocking! – that the book has not been translated yet. I hope someone is listening…




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