“Darkly funny, never before published account of the office worker’s mindset by celebrated novelist.”
A long-suffering employee in a big corporation has summoned up the courage to ask for a raise. But as he runs through the coming encounter in his mind, his neuroses come to the surface: What’s the best day to see the boss? What if he doesn’t offer you a seat when you go into his office? And should you ask that tricky question about his daughter’s illness?
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An acute and penetrating vision of the world of office work, as pertinent today as it was when it was written in 1968. As Harry Mathews said, “For Perec, writing was a kind of salvation. It was justification by works.”