What is the materiality of literature? To answer this question, we need to consider the relation between literature and its body, its organs and its blood, maybe even its brain: Language. Language, we could say, is the matter of literature – but in which sense? Can we argue that a word is as material as, say, a stone is? What I will show is that language is material in the sense that it participates in every aspect of our life: It is part of reality of books I read, of conversations I have with my friends, of the radio playing Mahler’s The Song of the Earth. Language touches us, affects us, it is a machine having concrete effects.