Alphabetical Africa by Walter AbishAlphabetical Africa by Walter Abish

Alphabetical Africa

byWalter Abish

Paperback | January 1, 1974

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Chapter by chapter, Abish lets in one letter of the alphabet; then, one at a time, he takes them all away. From this premise arises a mysteriously absorbing narrative of African adventures.
Walter Abish was born in Vienna, Austria. Much of his childhood was spent in China. He became an American citizen in 1960. Abish's fascination with human communication led him to write works focused on the use of language. His first novel, Alphabetical Africa (1974), was an experiment in alliteration, moving forward and backward throug...
Title:Alphabetical AfricaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:1 pages, 8 × 5.25 × 0.42 inPublished:January 1, 1974Publisher:New Directions

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ISBN - 10:0811205339

ISBN - 13:9780811205337

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Alphabetical Africa, Walter Abish's delightful first novel, is an extraordinary linguistic tour de force, high comedy set in an imaginary dark continent that expands and contracts with ineluctable precision, as one by one the author adds the letters of the alphabet to his book, and then subtracts them. While the 'geoglyphic' African landscape forms and crumbles, it is, among other things, attacked by an army of driver ants, invaded by Zanzibar, painted orange by the transvestite Queen Quat of Tanzania, and becomes a hunting ground for a pair of murderous jewel thieves tracking down their nymphomaniac moll.