Guilherme de Melo

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Guilherme de Melo (born 1931 in Lourenço Marques, Portuguese Mozambique) is a Portuguese journalist, novelist, and activist.[1] Melo lived through the protracted war of independence in the Portuguese colony [of Mozambique] in the 1960s and 1970s. Openly gay himself,[2] Melo's novel The Shadow of the Days (A Sombra dos Dias) is an account of growing up gay in the privileged environment of a white family in colonial Mozambique before the outbreak of war and of leading an openly gay lifestyle against the background of an increasingly bitter anti-colonial war. After the Carnation Revolution and the independence of Mozambique in 1975, Melo went to Portugal.

Other titles: Ainda Havia Sol (The Sun was still Shining), O Homem que Odiava a Chuva (The Man who Hated Rain), As Vidas de Elisa Antunes (The Lives of Elisa Antunes), O que Houver de Morrer (He who will have to Die) and Como um Rio sem Pontes (Like a Bridgeless River).


  1. ^ "Guilherme de Melo". 2004-08-09. Archived from the original on 2007-10-11. Retrieved 2007-06-22. 
  2. ^ McGovern, Timothy (July 2006). "Expressing Desire, Expressing Death: Antón Lopo's Pronomes and Queer Galician Poetry". Journal of Spanish Cultural Studies (Routledge) 7 (2): 135–153(19). doi:10.1080/14636200600811110.