An achingly beautiful mosaic of fragile characters managing their longing, pain, and alienation.
Publishers Weekly

Shortlisted for the International Booker prize, The Employees reshuffles a sci-fi voyage into a riotously original existential nightmare

Available February 1, 2022

The Employees

Fiction by Olga Ravn

Translated from the Danish by Martin Aitken

Funny 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.

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Clothbound (published February 1, 2022)

ISBN
9780811231350
Price US
19.95
Trim Size
4.5x7.25
Page Count
144

Ebook

ISBN
9780811231367

Olga Ravn

Contemporary Danish novelist and poet.

An achingly beautiful mosaic of fragile characters managing their longing, pain, and alienation.
Publishers Weekly
What might result if Ursula K. Le Guin and Nell Zink had a baby.
Tank Magazine
Beautiful, sinister, gripping. A tantalizing puzzle you can never quite solve. All the reviews say that the novel is, ultimately, about what it means to be human. What makes it exceptional, however, is the way it explores the richness and strangeness of being non-human.
—Mark Haddon
Everything I’m looking for in a novel. I was obsessed from the first page to the last. A strange, beautiful, deeply intelligent and provocative investigation into humanity. The Employees is an alarmingly brilliant work of art.
—Max Porter
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.
—Justine Jordan, The Guardian