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Centuries before Goa became the epicentre of the counterculture of the hippie and flower power generation in the sixties and seventies, it was known as the Eldorado, the City of Gold, the prized possession of the Portuguese empire in the East. From the early 16th century onwards, its magnetic appeal drew scores of travellers and adventurers to its gleaming shores. Driven by ambition, wanderlust, proselytism, and its fabled wealth and beauty, these travellers came from across Europe from Holland, England, Germany, France, Italy and other nations. Many of them left behind vivid and riveting accounts of their journeys and sojourn in the Rome of the East . This anthology encapsulates the best of these writings spread over 450 years of Portuguese rule as well as accounts by the contemporary traveller. Goa Travels is an essential guide and companion for the curious visitor as well as resident Goans who have forgotten the land s rich, eventful and colourful heritage. It goes far beyond the glossy tourist brochure and will enable both historian and holidaymaker to turn back the pages and dwell on Goa s extraordinary past.
The writings also reflect its fading lustre in the 18th and 19th century and its resurrection in contemporary times. An anthology unlike any in the market, Goa Travels serves the twin functions of a highly readable record of history and a useful product that directly caters to the lucrative tourist market of Goa. This is a title that will backlist well and show demand, both during the tourist season in Goa and at other times. The western region of India, Bombay, Pune and other areas, will be good markets for the book. In the near future, the book will be displayed prominently at the Goa Literary Festival in December 2014, and receive good visibility there. Some of the essays featured in the anthology, especially in the latter half of the book, will make for pieces that can easy lend themselves to extraction in periodicals.
Manohar Shetty has published seven books of poems including Domestic Creatures (Oxford University Press, New Delhi) and Living Room (HarperCollins, New Delhi). Several anthologies feature his work, notably, The Oxford India Anthology of Twelve Modern Indian Poets (ed. Arvind Krishna Mehrotra, Oxford University Press, New Delhi), and in anthologies edited by Eunice de Souza and Vilas Sarang. Shetty has been a Homi Bhabha Fellow and a Senior Sahitya Akademi Fellow. He has also edited Ferry Crossing: Short Stories from Goa (Penguin India) and has lived in Goa since 1985.
Release date Australia
December 1st, 2014
Edited by Manohar Shetty
Country of Publication
Rupa & Co
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