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The Factory von Hiroko Oyamada
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The Factory (Original 2010; 2019. Auflage)

von Hiroko Oyamada (Autor)

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The English-language debut of one of Japan's most exciting new writers, The Factory follows three workers at a sprawling industrial factory. Each worker focuses intently on the specific task they've been assigned: one shreds paper, one proofreads documents, and another studies the moss growing all over the expansive grounds. But their lives slowly become governed by their work--days take on a strange logic and momentum, and little by little, the margins of reality seem to be dissolving: Where does the factory end and the rest of the world begin? What's going on with the strange animals here? And after a while--it could be weeks or years--the three workers struggle to answer the most basic question: What am I doing here? With hints of Kafka and unexpected moments of creeping humor, The Factory casts a vivid--and sometimes surreal--portrait of the absurdity and meaninglessness of the modern workplace.… (mehr)
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Titel:The Factory
Autoren:Hiroko Oyamada (Autor)
Info:New Directions (2019), Edition: Translation, 128 pages
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The Factory von Hiroko Oyamada (2010)

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What a fantastic book! I couldn't put it down. ( )
  viviennestrauss | Oct 4, 2021 |
The factory is a sprawling institution in a parklike setting in an unnamed Japanese town at which many of the townspeople work. This novella follows three workers who are hired at the factory at about the same time. Yoshiko is a college graduate, but this is her fifth job, which doesn't bode well for her career path. Instead of a permanent position, she is offered a contract position in "staff support." She will spend her days shredding paper. ("document destruction"). Furfue was a post-grad student studying mosses when his faculty advisor practically forces him to take a position at the factory. He is hired to convert the roofs of all the buildings at the factory into "green roofs," something he insists he knows nothing about. He advises his superiors that he only knows how to classify mosses, and doesn't know any practicalities. He is told to take his time and learn. He is the only employee in his department, and spends his days walking around the campus identifying different mosses. He is well-compensated. The final employee we meet is a temporary employee in the document division whose job is to proof read documents. The documents are inane, don't appear to relate to anything (no one knows what the factory makes) but the job must be done.

Although Kafkaesque and absurdist, this is all related in a straightforward manner, at least until the end. I actually quite enjoyed this.

Some quotes:

"Maybe it's not such a bad thing to have a job you can master from the first day."

"From my second day on the job,...I never had to use a single brain cell."

"Who wrote this stuff? For what audience? To what end? Why does it need to be proofread at all? If these are all factory documents, what the hell is the factory? What's it making? I thought I knew before, but once I started working here, I realized I had no idea. What kind of factory is this?"

3 stars ( )
2 abstimmen arubabookwoman | Apr 19, 2021 |
Ganadora del premio Shincho para escritores noveles y del prestigioso premio Akutagawa, Hiroko Oyamada es una de las escritoras con más talento de la literatura japonesa actual. Su escritura rebosante de imaginación combina el estilo surrealista e inquietante de Haruki Murakami con la elegancia satírica y antagónica de Franz Kafka.

La fábrica narra la vida de tres trabajadores (dos hombres y una mujer) en un gran complejo industrial que se extiende como una ciudad. Cada trabajador se concentra exclusivamente en la tarea concreta que se le ha asignado: revisar documentos, estudiar el musgo que crece en los alrededores y triturar papeles. Sus vidas se rigen por el trabajo y lentamente los días adquieren una extraña lógica. Poco a poco, los márgenes de la realidad comienzan a disolverse.

La fábrica presenta un retrato vívido, muy original y no exento de humor negro, del absurdo y la falta de sentido del trabajo actual.

El libro se completa con otros dos relatos, La aflicción de los peces disco, que nos cuenta la historia de una pareja formada por un joven adinerado que se dedica a criar peces y su mujer, notablemente más joven que él; y El insecto paria, en el que los insectos toman protagonismo en la vida de una joven empleada cuya mente está cada vez más desligada de la realidad. En estas tres historias, la autora ahonda en la incertidumbre y lo absurdo de nuestras vidas.
  bibliotecayamaguchi | Nov 4, 2020 |
A needlessly challenging first few chapters, but once you get into the flow, this is a funny, disturbing book about going to work. ( )
  stillatim | Oct 23, 2020 |
This novella is eerie and a little creepy, as we follow three employees of The Factory. When hired, they are all happy to have a job--but once they start doing it, they become confused. Why has this not been automated? What happens to their work once they are done? How is their performance to be measured, who do they report their progress to, what is the point?

I found the ending confusing and really wish I had someone to discuss this with. ( )
  Dreesie | Sep 3, 2020 |
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The English-language debut of one of Japan's most exciting new writers, The Factory follows three workers at a sprawling industrial factory. Each worker focuses intently on the specific task they've been assigned: one shreds paper, one proofreads documents, and another studies the moss growing all over the expansive grounds. But their lives slowly become governed by their work--days take on a strange logic and momentum, and little by little, the margins of reality seem to be dissolving: Where does the factory end and the rest of the world begin? What's going on with the strange animals here? And after a while--it could be weeks or years--the three workers struggle to answer the most basic question: What am I doing here? With hints of Kafka and unexpected moments of creeping humor, The Factory casts a vivid--and sometimes surreal--portrait of the absurdity and meaninglessness of the modern workplace.

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