Alphabetical Africa is like a Oulipian novel: 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. In the second half of the book, through chapter 52, letters are removed in the reverse order that they were added. Thus, z words disappear in chapter 27, y in chapter 28, etc…
Engeler Publishers 2020 (1974). Publishers hardcover, with jacket. 371 pages. Bilingual German-English edition. As new
First edition thus. A very fine book design too!