'The sighs of the trains' is still today, in different colors and murmurs, the sigh of people from Angola, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique and Sao Tome and Principe.
It illustrates a hope that, despite being unbeliever, believes; a desire for a future and progress and a simultaneous nostalgia for the past; the unrolled time and the movement that, even fast, does not advance.
'Subtracted' is the part of the series which is dedicated to Angola.
«(…)“We were always near here, no more than a few yards away.”
Everything had happened in the vicinity of the bus. It was the country which was parading past like a sleepwalker. (...)
«That’s it, boy, we are travelling. In this stopped bus, we haven’t stopped travelling. It reminds me of when I used to ride on the train.“ (…)»
Sleepwalking Land (VIII – The Sigh of the Trains), Mia Couto, 1992