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The Employees: A workplace novel of the 22nd century

By Olga Ravn & Martin Aitken
The Employees: A workplace novel of the 22nd century by Olga Ravn & Martin Aitken digital book - Fable

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A deeply sensory book, suffused with aroma and alert to tactility... The Employees is not only a disconcertingly quotidian space opera; it’s also an audacious satire of corporate language and the late-capitalist workplace, and a winningly abstracted investigation into what it means to be human… This clever, endlessly thought-provoking novel catches something of our recursive search for the nature of consciousness; a question that answers itself, a voice in the darkness, an object moving through space.

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190 Reviews

3.5
Surprised Face with Open Mouth“It’s completely different from everything I ever read, this disruptive change of a book way combine with Sci-fi genre, that was written, the author bet so much in a different thing that forgot that the plot could be less a generic way to introduce “you gonna died anyway” to a real plot, most of dialogues or reports are just there with no contribution at all, I feel that a short book was a brilliant option but should be work on more.”
Diverse charactersMulti-layered charactersDescriptive writingOriginal writingSuspensefulDark settingDarkPredictable
Surprised Face with Open Mouth“A baffling book, but one that works very well with the confusion it sows. It's written as though the audience already understands the (very strange) situation, so big notable events and objects are almost never described in any detail, and it forces you to engage with your imagination. Plus, a lot of the experiences the statements describe are internal and don't translate well to language. This is a book that forces you to take things at their metaphorical value, and absorb things as they are described rather than trying to puzzle out the "reality" of the situation (which differs based on who's describing it). It's almost like poetry, in a way. Not the book for anyone who's looking for closure and understanding, but very rewarding if you take it slow and don't try to understand everything”
Beautifully writtenOriginal writingThought-provoking
Thinking Face“Okay this was a quick read and interesting in premise but I’m still so confused. I literally sat through the book going “HUH??” Over and over again 😤 I’m debating rereading the entries in numerical order (even just getting a physical copy to take notes in). It has the potential of a really interesting book. May need a second go through!”
Multi-layered charactersDescriptive writing

About Olga Ravn

Olga Ravn (born 1986) is a Danish novelist and poet. In collaboration with the Danish publisher Gyldendal she edited a selection of Tove Ditlevsen’s writings that relaunched Ditlevsen readership worldwide. Her novel The Employees was shortlisted for the 2021 International Booker Prize. SOPHIA HERSI SMITH and JENNIFER RUSSELL are translators living in Copenhagen. Together, they have translated fiction and poetry by Danish writers such as Tove Ditlevsen, Marianne Larsen, and Rakel Haslund-Gjerrild.

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