18 de julio de 2006

Alphabetical Africa



No he leído este libro, pero parece realmente muy curioso...

"Alphabetical Africa", de Walter Abish, se compone de 52 capítulos: de la A a la Z y de la Z a la A.




El primer capítulo ("A") contiene únicamente palabras que comienzan con la A. El segundo, ("B"), incluye palabras que comienzan por la B y también por la A. Cada capítulo agrega una letra siguiendo el orden del alfabeto. Y así sucesivamente hasta el capítulo 27, ("Z"), donde quedan permitidas las palabras que comienzan por cualquier letra del alfabeto.

Y luego, vuelta atrás. Las palabras que empiezan por Z, Y, X, W, etc. se van desvaneciendo hasta volver nuevamente al capítulo "A".

A


Ages ago, Alex, Allen and Alva arrived at Antibes, and Alva allowing all, allowing anyone, against Alex's admonition, against Allen's angry assertion: another African amusement... anyhow, as all argued, an awesome African army assembled and arduously advanced against an African anthill, assiduously annihilating ant after ant, and afterward, Alex astonishingly accuses Albert as also accepting Africa's antipodal ant annexation. Albert argumentatively answers at another apartment. Answers: ants are Ameisen. Ants are Ameisen? [...]


B


Before African adjournment, Alex, Allen and Alva arrive at Antibes, beginning a big bash, as August brings back a buoyancy, a belief, Ahhh, and believing all buy books about Angolan basins and about Burundi bathhouses, and a better, better, brotherhood, as both Alex and Allen bear Alvi’s anger ... against brotherhood. [...]


I


I haven't been here before. I had hoped I could hire a car, but I can't drive. I have been awfully busy finishing a book about Alva. First I contemplated doing a book about another character, and another country. Bit by bit I have assembled Africa. Although I hate hot climates I chose Africa. Desire is always alive in hot climates I have been informed. I brought a gun along, and a calendar. It is August here. Bright beautiful August. I used to draw Alva. Her face, her hands, her bi-casts. But I'm an amateur artist. I didn't bring any drawings along. I am alone. I have a bedroom facing famous Fabala Abyss. I had great hope at first. A great beginning. [...]


Z


Zanzibar is clearly marked on the map. It is an unforgettable island with picturesque clusters of whitewashed houses surfacing here and there among the giant mangrove trees. The battered-looking fortification built by Arab slave traders on a hilltop overlooking the main port of the city of Zanzibar is also marked on the map. It is one of the few conspicuous landmarks that still remain. At sunset the view from up there can be breathtaking. In the hot summer evenings the whites used to drive up the narrow winding road in horsedrawn carriages, to relax on the ramparts of the fortification, where they would sip gin and tonic as they stared across at the mainland. Everyone is acutely aware that Zanzibar is an island [...].

5 comentarios:

Campurriana dijo...

¿Pero de verdad que hay gente que tiene tanto tiempo?....sí, curioso parece...

Fontaneda dijo...

Una cosa...¿en este blog no hay un sitio en el que se vean los últimos comentarios escritos?...Besitos.

María dijo...

Sobre los comentarios, pues creo que no...A ver si tengo un rato e investigo en las opciones, porque es un fallo...
Y está claro que hay gente para todo...:-P

Chiquilina dijo...

María, sigue saliendo ese anuncio de música de móviles....supongo que será inevitable...

Anónimo dijo...

Looks nice! Awesome content. Good job guys.
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