the book of sand

An alternative way of reading The Book of Sand, a short story by Jorge Luis Borges.

This application relies on a cellular automata where each cell simulates a grain of sand.

Later, it served as the base for developing mobile sand, an innovative game for mobiles.


  • • point and click to drop some sand
  • • press 'space' while clicking to remove sand


  • • if at some point you can't see text anymore: drop some sand near one of the horizontal sides to create a friendly slope that will bring a new line in
  • • press 'x' to wipe-out all the sand


  • • Maximus Clarke, for his hypertext puzzle
  • • Norman Thomas di Giovanni, for his translation
  • • made for the Concept.Live/BD4D event #3 that took place in Tel-Aviv

march 2004  ariel malka |