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“The women had not stopped singing. As soon as one group allowed the refrain to die, another picked it up, and new verses were born at the hazard of chance or inspiration, one word leading to another and each finding, in its turn, its rhythm and its place. No one was very sure any longer where the song began, or if it had an ending. It rolled out over its own length, like the movement of a serpent. It was as long as a life.”

― Ousmane Sembène, God's Bits of Wood
“Sea, the limpidity of your wave is awaiting my gaze. I fix my eyes upon you, and you glitter, without limit. I wish for you, through all eternity.”

― Cheikh Hamidou Kane, Ambiguous Adventure
“If over the years, and passing through the realities of life, dreams die, I still keep intact my memories, the salt of remembrance.”

― Mariama Bâ, So Long a Letter