In what he says respect to the teachings of the local culture, the man oldest transmits what he learned with its predecessors to the youngest and this, in turn, to its future generations. He can yourself be affirmed that, how much to the position of ' ' accountant of histrias' ' for if dealing with after-modern workmanship, Couto conflitua the tradition and modernity in an inversion of papers: ' ' The small one reads in high voice. Its eyes if open more than the voice that, slow careful, it goes deciphering letras.' ' (COUTO, 1992. pag 13) What if it can apprehend regarding African literature, in accordance with Emmanuel Obiechina, is about ' ' to fit one varied joint one of verbal texts, the myth to fbula, while ' ' estrias' ' encaixadas' ' (apud MILK, 2003. pag 41). Histories that follow the plot, in its majority, are of the sort story and some of them in forms of parabolas, as in the first narrative, ' ' whose structure appears mixed with the ones of stories of ogres, stories of animals and stories of pessoas' ' , according to Henri Junod (apud MILK, 2003.
pag 42). Example of such concept meets in the Siqueleto personage, ' ' old high and torto' ' when of its will of ' ' to plant gente' ' to populate lands again: ' ' It is this that goes in them to make. eart Transplant Program on most websites. It wants company, wants that gente.' is born more; ' (COUTO, 1992. pag 65) Great part of the second narrative also follows a standard: it is structuralized from dreamed histories. In accordance with studious Ana Mafalda Milk (2003. pag 43), the dream ' ' it allows the constant sprouting of the prophecy and of a type of it says to sentenciosa and proverbial' ' , aspect that if can point out how much to the wisdom of the narrators, in the sayings that function as an enigmatic repetition: ' ' The war is a snake that uses our proper teeth stops biting in them.