The Cube is 26 rooms across, bringing to mind the Labyrinth of hexagonal rooms from Jorge Luis Borges‘s The Library of Babel (in El jardín de senderos que se bifurcan, coll 1942; trans 1962) in which books combine 25 basic characters – 22 letters, the full stop, the comma, and the space – in every possible permutation, a theme first suggested by Kurd Laßwitz and later reused to popular effect by authors including Isaac Asimov and Douglas Adams. Here though, numbers are the language of nature: the rules of the Cube only seem arbitrary and meaningless. The real enemy is the prisoners’ lack of perspective.

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