Wise words for human lives, all the more poignant for watching fledglings make mistakes and still persist in flying, even after surviving collisions with window reflections that look like open sky.

‘You don’t help a bird to fly by holding onto its wings. A bird flies when it’s quite simply allowed to be a bird.’

Source: Mia Couto, The Tuner of Silences, trans. David Brookshaw (Biblioasis, 2012 (2009)), p. 46


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