Mia Couto is a wellknown writer form Mozambique. He is new to me, but I am still learning about the literature produced by writers from Africa.
There are two strands in this novel. One is about a the boy Mwanito and his brother and father who withdraw into the bush, the other strand is about a Portuguese woman who travels to Mozambique to find out about the disappearence of her husband.
The two strands do get together and clash.
The translator has given a very nice introduction to the work of Mia Counto.