Mariano, who has lived in the city from an early age, is summoned back to his village to attend his grandfather's funeral. But, when he arrives, he discovers two things: firstly, that he has been nominated by his grandfather to take over the running of the family affairs, secondly that his grandfather has not died completely, but is in that frontier space between life and death. In traditional belief, he has died 'badly', and something must happen in order for him to be laid to rest.Mariano starts to receive letters supposedly written by his grandfather, telling him about the family. It is through this strange relationship that he discovers the secret of his own birth, while also cleansing his grandfather's conscience. The novel contains a blend of picturesque and sometimes comic characters and situations.
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Used availability for Mia Couto's A River Called Time
May 2014 : UK Paperback
Title: A River Called Time
Author(s): Mia Couto
ISBN: 1-84668-680-6 / 978-1-84668-680-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Serpent's Tail
Availability: Amazon UK
July 2008 : UK Paperback