I created and published The Library of Babel II, a four hundred and ten page book inspired by La Biblioteca de Babel, a short story by Jorge Luis Borges.

The Argentinean author describes an unimaginably vast de facto library, an interlocking series of hexagonal rooms. Each room contains four walls of bookshelves, with five shelves on each wall. Each shelf contains a row of identically formatted books. Each book contains four hundred and ten pages. Each page contains forty lines. Each line contains eighty characters. Each character comprises one of the twenty-two letters of a foreign alphabet, a space, a comma, or a period.

The Library of Babel II is larger than the original (291,312,000 books versus 261,312,000 books) because it uses the twenty-six letter English alphabet.

A sample page is available.

One volume of The Library of Babel II is available for purchase for $16.99.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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