There's No Such Thing as an Easy Job (Paperback)
  • There's No Such Thing as an Easy Job (Paperback)

There's No Such Thing as an Easy Job (Paperback)

Paperback 416 Pages / Published: 26/11/2020
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Exploring the numbing little absurdities of the daily grind, There’s No Such Thing as an Easy Job is a wonderfully surreal tale of a woman whose search for menial work takes a surprising turn.

A young woman walks into an employment agency and requests a job that requires no reading, no writing - and ideally, very little thinking.

She is sent to a nondescript office building where she is tasked with watching the hidden-camera feed of an author suspected of storing contraband goods. But observing someone for hours on end can be so inconvenient and tiresome. How will she stay awake? When can she take delivery of her favourite brand of tea? And, perhaps more importantly - how did she find herself in this situation in the first place?

As she moves from job to job, writing bus adverts for shops that mysteriously disappear, and composing advice for rice cracker wrappers that generate thousands of devoted followers, it becomes increasingly apparent that she's not searching for the easiest job at all, but something altogether more meaningful...

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9781526622242
Number of pages: 416
Weight: 454 g
Dimensions: 216 x 135 mm


"A wise, comical and exceptionally relatable novel on finding meaning and purpose in our work lives" - Zeba Talkhani, author of My Past is a Foreign Country

"Quietly hilarious and deeply attuned to the uncanny rhythms and deadpan absurdity of the daily grind, Kikuko Tsumara's postmodern existential workplace saga both skewers and celebrates our deeply human need to function in society and keep surviving in an oftentimes senseless-seeming world" - Sharlene Teo, author of Ponti

'Surreal and unsettling' - Observer

'Read it before you burn out ' - AERA

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