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The Employees: A workplace novel of the 22nd century

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The Employees: A workplace novel of the 22nd century

By  Olga Ravn , Translated by  Martin Aitken
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Shortlisted for the International Booker Prize and the Ursula K. Le Guin Prize, The Employees reshuffles a sci-fi voyage into a riotously original existential nightmare

Now in paperback, The Employees chronicles the fate of the interstellar Six-Thousand Ship. The human and humanoid crew members complain about their daily tasks in a series of staff reports and memos. When the ship takes on a number of strange objects from the planet New Discovery, the crew becomes strangely and deeply attached to them, even as tensions boil toward mutiny, especially among the humanoids.
Olga Ravn’s prose is chilling, crackling, exhilarating, and foreboding. The Employees probes into what makes us human, while delivering a hilariously stinging critique of life governed by the logic of productivity. 

Olga Ravn (born 1986) is a Danish novelist and poet. Her debut poetry collection, I Devour Myself Like Heather, appeared to critical acclaim in 2012. Alongside Johanne Lykke Holm she ran the feminist performance group and writing school Hekseskolen from 2015 to 2019. In collaboration with Danish publisher Gyldendal she edited a selection of Tove Ditlevsen’s texts and books that relaunched Ditlevsen readership worldwide. Her new book, My Work, is forthcoming from New Directions in 2023.

MARTIN AITKEN has translated numerous novels from Danish and Norwegian, including works by Karl Ove Knausgaard, Peter Hoeg, Ida Jessen, and Kim Leine. He won the PEN Translation Prize for his translation of Hanne Orstavik’s Love.

ISBN: 9780811234825

ISBN-10: 9780811234825

Publisher: New Directions

Publication Date: 02/07/2023 - 12:00am

On Sale: 02/07/2023 - 12:00am

Pages: 144

Language: English


Fiction / World Literature / Denmark

Fiction / Literary

Fiction / Science Fiction / Genetic Engineering