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The factory

by Oyamada, Hiroko, 1983-

Format: Print Book 2019
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Summary
In an unnamed Japanese city, three seemingly normal and unrelated characters find work at a sprawling industrial factory. They each focus intently on their specific jobs: one studies moss, one shreds paper, and the other proofreads incomprehensible documents. Life in the factory has its own logic and momentum, and, eventually, the factory slowly expands and begins to take over everything, enveloping these poor workers. The very margins of reality seem to be dissolving: all forms of life capriciously evolve, strange creatures begin to appear... After a while--it could be weeks or years--the workers don't even have the ability to ask themselves: where does the factory end and the rest of the world begin? Told in three alternating first-person narratives, The Factory casts a vivid--if sometimes surreal--portrait of the absurdity and meaninglessness of modern life. With hints of Kafka and unexpected moments of creeping humor, Hiroko Oyamada is one of the boldest writers of her generation.
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Additional Information
Subjects Employees -- Fiction.
Industrial relations -- Fiction.
Publisher New York :2019
Other Titles Kōjō.
Contributors Boyd, David (David G.), translator.
Language English
Translated from the Japanese.
Notes Originally published as: Kojo. Tokyo : Shinchosha, 2013.
"A New Directions Paperbook Original."
"NDP 1460"--Spine.
Description 116 pages ; 21 cm
ISBN 9780811228855
0811228851
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