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‘The Flame Alphabet’: Fiery novel blazes with linguistic heat

By The Ithacan | Feb 15, 2012

Every once in a while a novel comes along that leaves readers gasping at the skill of an author’s use of language. Ben Marcus’ startling experimental fiction, “The Flame Alphabet,” fits this bill. In his world, the planet is tainted by words. Language has become a toxin, spewing forth first from the mouths of Jewish…