Guilherme de Melo

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Guilherme de Melo (born 1931 in Lourenço Marques, Portuguese Mozambique; died in Lisbon, 29 June 2013) was a Portuguese journalist, novelist, and activist.[1][2] Melo lived through the protracted war of independence in the Portuguese colony of Mozambique in the 1960s and 1970s. Openly gay himself,[3] 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 being openly gay 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.[2]

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. ^ a b "Guilherme de Melo morreu hoje aos 82 anos". Diário de Notícias (in Portuguese). 29 June 2013. 
  3. ^ 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.