The Employees: A workplace novel of the 22nd century (Paperback)
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The Employees: A workplace novel of the 22nd century (Paperback)

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Paperback 136 Pages / Published: 01/10/2020
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A slice of highly atmospheric existential Danish science fiction, Ravn’s audaciously structured story of workplace disaffection in deep space poses intriguing questions about the nature of humanity.

Shortlisted for the International Booker Prize 2021

The near-distant future. Millions of kilometres from Earth.

The crew of the Six-Thousand Ship consists of those who were born, and those who were made. Those who will die, and those who will not. When the ship takes on a number of strange objects from the planet New Discovery, the crew is perplexed to find itself becoming deeply attached to them, and human and humanoid employees alike start aching for the same things: warmth and intimacy. Loved ones who have passed. Shopping and child-rearing. Our shared, far-away Earth, which now only persists in memory.

Gradually, the crew members come to see their work in a new light, and each employee is compelled to ask themselves whether they can carry on as before and what it means to be truly living.

Structured as a series of witness statements compiled by a workplace commission, Ravn s crackling prose is as chilling as it is moving, as exhilarating as it is foreboding. Wracked by all kinds of longing, The Employees probes into what it means to be human, emotionally and ontologically, while simultaneously delivering an overdue critique of a life governed by work and the logic of productivity.

Publisher: Lolli Editions
ISBN: 9781999992880
Number of pages: 136
Dimensions: 180 x 120 mm

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“A Beckett-style Space Opera”

Told in a series of statements compiled by an ever-present but mainly silent committee, The Employees is an eerie kind of space opera. The Six-Thousand ship is crewed by a mix of humans (born on Earth) and... More

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“Phenomenal, unconvential sci-fi. A literary masterpiece”

Shortlisted for the International Booker Prize, Olga Ravn's first book to appear in English defies all expectations of what a novel should be, and what it can do. A deeply philosophical, existential tale set on a... More

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