The Employees: A Workplace Novel of the 22nd Century
Olga Ravn (Author) Martin Aitken (Translator)
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DescriptionFunny and doom-drenched, The Employees chronicles the fate of the 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. It was shortlisted for the the Ursula K. Le Guin Prize.
New Directions Publishing Corporation
February 01, 2022
4.94 X 7.62 X 0.68 inches | 0.5 pounds
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About the Author
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.
Martin Aitken holds a PhD in linguistics and gave up university tenure to translate literature. His translations have been published on both sides of the Atlantic and have appeared in the Literary Review, AGNI, Boston Review, and A Public Space, among other publications. He lives in rural Denmark.