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Alphabetical Africa

Author: Walter Abish
Publisher: New York : New Directions Pub. Corp., 1974.
Series: A New Directions book; New Directions paperbook, 375.
Edition/Format:   Book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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A "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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Experimental fiction
Fantasy literature
Fiction
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Walter Abish
ISBN: 0811205320 9780811205320 0811205339 9780811205337
OCLC Number: 940414
Notes: A novel.
"First published clothbound ... and as New Directions paperbook 375 ... in 1974"--Title page verso.
Description: 152 pages ; 21 cm.
Series Title: A New Directions book; New Directions paperbook, 375.
Responsibility: by Walter Abish.

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A "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."--Page 4 of cover.

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