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The Factory af Hiroko Oyamada
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The Factory (original 2010; udgave 2019)

af Hiroko Oyamada (Forfatter), David Boyd (Oversætter)

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The English-language debut of Hiroko Oyamada??one of the most powerfully strange young voices in Japan

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 mode… (mere)

Medlem:Shadekeep
Titel:The Factory
Forfattere:Hiroko Oyamada (Forfatter)
Andre forfattere:David Boyd (Oversætter)
Info:New Directions (2019), Edition: Translation, 128 pages
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The Factory af Hiroko Oyamada (2010)

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I'd probably have to give this a 2.75, rounding up. I generally like stories told with multiple perspectives but it was very unclear as to which character was speaking for each new section until something specific was mentioned (moss, coworkers, birds, etc). None of the "chapter" breaks label which character we're following and they all read incredibly similar- making this kind of a difficult read for me. Otherwise though, I did like that perspectives started syncing up near the end, allowing you to get multiple interpretations of the characters interacting with each other. Too bad it was only for about 10 pages of the book.

As far as the story goes, I've noticed that I like the almost "surreal" novellas that a lot of Japanese authors seem to have, but this one is a little too abstract for me. Maybe I'm bad at reading between the lines or something, but the ending left me sitting there quite confused- it seemed rushed. I hope to have better luck with another book of hers, The Hole, that I plan to read soon.
  daisysufo | Jan 25, 2024 |
Very interesting, Kafkan novel. I'm sure I'm missing some cultural context and reference (though that is the case with Kafka sure). ( )
  thisisstephenbetts | Nov 25, 2023 |
The human experience is universal. Period. ( )
  breathstealer | Sep 19, 2023 |
This short novel is about a factory in Japan. This factory dominates this region of the country and so many people work there, it is like a city unto itself. The reader is introduced to four characters, each speaking in first person in their respective chapters. First is a temp worker whose job is to shred documents. Second is a proofreader whose job is to correct documents. Third is a researcher who was hired to work green the roofs of the factory buildings. The last character is the factory, grounds, and evolutionarily questionable wildlife that lives there.

As each worker learns their jobs and roles within the community, the tone of the novel becomes more disorienting. The paragraphs are very long, and the dialogue is mixed in with characters’ thoughts so it can be difficult to decipher where one character ends and the next begins. As the days, months, and years go by, each worker must grapple with what they are really doing there. Their jobs are evermore pointless as the time goes and nothing comes of it. There are no fruits of their labors.

The writing style evokes a stronger feeling than the actual story. Not much really happens. The reader is led to be as confused and muddled by what is going on as the characters. Strong messages of Marxism leaves one questioning the meaning of labor.
  Carlie | Jul 11, 2023 |
This was one of my Book Riot Tailored Book Recommendations, so I checked this out from the library.

I had mixed feelings on this one, honestly. There were parts of this that really worked for me and parts that did not. I enjoyed the creepiness of the massive, ineffable bureaucracy of it, the sense that the factory had become so large that the right hand no longer knew what the left hand was doing, and certainly none of the temp or contract workers did. I liked the weird ecology of the factory, the moss hunts, etc.

BUT.. there were certain plot points that felt like they were supposed to be twisty that I saw coming miles away. The conclusion felt a bit rushed. Most of the time I was reading it I was enjoying it, but I felt let down by the ending. I would definitely try another book by Oyamada in the future, though! ( )
  greeniezona | May 13, 2023 |
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"A noteworthy young female writer with a distinctive voice."
tilføjet af SaraElizabeth11 | RedigerLithub
 
"Oyamada expertly weaves in a series of strange phenomena creating an atmosphere of unease bordering on pernicious. As the mundane and the uncanny blend together, Oyamada maximizes her puzzle. This nonpareil novel will leave readers reeling and beguiled."
tilføjet af SaraElizabeth11 | RedigerPublishers Weekly (starred review), Gabe Habash
 

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Fiction. Literature. HTML:

The English-language debut of Hiroko Oyamada??one of the most powerfully strange young voices in Japan

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 mode

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