chronotext is a growing collection of software experiments exploring the relation between text, space and time
The book of sand

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

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


  • • Point and press mouse to drop some sand
  • • Hold 'shift' key while pressing mouse 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' key to wipe-out all the sand


  • • Thanks to Maximus Clarke, for his hypertext puzzle.
  • • Thanks to Norman Thomas di Giovanni, for his translation to English.