»alphabetical africa« by walter abish (1974)

the writing is restricted by a pseudo-alliterative rule: the first chapter contains only words starting with the letter a, the second chapter only words starting with a or b, etc.; each subsequent chapter adds the next letter in the alphabet to the set of allowed word beginnings. this continues for the first 25 chapters, until at last abish is (briefly) allowed to write without constraint. (wikipedia)

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    this reminds me of a book i read once called Void that contained no instances of the letter E. I read an English...
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