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Alphabetical Africa by Walter Abish
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Dec 12, 2010

it was amazing

Not so much a story as a process. It's kind of like watching the evolution and flowering of language. The author only allows himself to use words beginning with "A" in the first chapter, "A" and "B" in the second chapter, and so on until he has the full alphabet at his discretion, and then he starts working backwards, subtracting a letter each chapter until he ends with "A." Watch Abish find freedom through constraint.

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