The Greatest Goan Stories EverTold features some of the best short fiction to emerge from the pens of Goansliving in India and abroad over the last century, in English and superblytranslated from the Portuguese, Konkani, and Marathi. The storytellers includedrange from eminent writers such as Laxmanrao Sardessai and Vimala Devi tocontemporary writers like Damodar Mauzo, Ramnath Gajanan Gawade, JessicaFaleiro, and Derek Mascarenhas.
The collected stories coversubjects as wide, diverse, and absorbing as the Goan people- from iron oremining in Epitácio Pais's 'A Story about Mines' and Pundalik Naik's 'The PalmTree' and the agrarian village lifestyle in Mahableshwar Sail's 'The Yoke' and PrakashS. Parienkar's 'The Sacrifice', to diasporic experiences in Selma Carvalho's'Bed Blocker No. 10' and Roanna Gonsalves's 'Curry Muncher', and patriarchalfamily structures in Nayana Adarkar's 'The Protector'. Goa threads these storiestogether-its varied characters from various communities and religions, itscolourful people, its Portuguese colonial history, its picturesque landscape, and the general aura surrounding the place.
Selected and edited by ManoharShetty, the twenty-seven stories in this anthology are proof that there's moreto Goa than hats and sunglasses, printed shirts and shorts, cameras, seafood, and holidaymakers frolicking on its beaches.