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The Full Stop book club reviews The Art of Asking Your Boss For A Raise

Morgan Buck11 April 2011

In the first installment of their monthly book club, the literary website Full Stop read, and loved, Georges Perec's The Art of Asking Your Boss for a Raise. Of the story inspired by a computer flow chart, they say: 

Perec's knack for absurdity and circumlocution ensures that each iteration is novel and urgent ... There is more to be had here than cleverness. There is friction in the flowchart, entropy in the machine, and as individual work becomes lost in a loop of Sisyphean labor and anonymous bureaucracy, 'the organisation to which you feel proud to belong' becomes 'the company in whose wheels you are at most a miniscule cog' becomes 'the consortium which pays you a pittance while grinding away the best years of your life.'

Visit Full Stop to read the review in full. Visit the minisite for The Art of Asking Your Boss For A Raise to explore Perec's famous flow chart.

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