Alphabetical Africa by Walter Abish
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Alphabetical Africa
By Walter Abish

Alphabetical Africa

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Alphabetical Africa by Walter Abish

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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.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780811205337
ISBN-10: 0811205339
Format: Paperback
(203mm x 132mm x 12mm)
Imprint: New Directions Publishing Corporation
Publisher: New Directions Publishing Corporation
Publish Date: 1-Feb-1974
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Walter Abish

Walter Abish was born in Vienna in 1931. After moving to the United States in 1957, he taught at several universities in the US, served on the International PEN board, and won Guggenheim and MacArthur fellowships. He lives in New York City.

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