This line stands out in the book as a contrast to the father’s generally benighted, crushing behaviour towards his sons, as if some part of him still inclined towards light.

‘He wanted to make sure we had witnessed the sunrise.  This was the first duty of living creatures: to watch the creator’s start emerge.’

Source: Mia Couto, The Tuner of Silences, trans. David Brookshaw (Biblioasis, 2012 (2009)), p. 33


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