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The Art of Asking Your Boss for a Raise

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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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Hardcover, 96 pages
Published March 14th 2011 by Verso (first published 1968)
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Jul 10, 2014 Louisa rated it 3 of 5 stars
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it does make you think that instead of asking for a raise one should ponder on the disadvantages of capitalism and maybe find another way to make a living or maybe seek some sort of cheap accommodation somewhere in the country far far away from the city with all its hustle and bustle and lead a simple quiet humble life where all you have to think about is what type of vegetable, herb or salad will you be planting in your new garden perhaps think about getting a cat or dog although now i maybe st ...more
my personal opinion is that we should all immediately quit our jobs, right away, the sooner the better; bash that desktop computer screen to tiny bits with your fists and make a bloody mosaic; pluck the buttons from the keyboard and play an impromptu game of Scrabble with your most loathed office mate; take that cute little gal or guy you secretly crush on out to a field of wildflowers and frig your brains out; make wreaths of crushed wildflowers and long grasses and place petals on your naked b ...more
Sean Pagaduan
you pick up this book and decide to read it see that it's by georges perec and think well maybe the last book was bad and the one before that was horrible but perhaps this one may not be so bad or else you think that the last book was good and the one before that was great superb even so obviously this book would be right up your alley so you go down to the library it's one or t'other either the book is in or it is not in if the book is not in then you have no choice but to go and visit the book ...more
so you pick up this book and you either read it or you don't if you don't you're missing out on a really cool experiment that may seem tedious at first but keep with it if you keep with it you will come out in the end with a deeper appreciation of the power or language and an empowerment to break the rules if only to learn why the rules are there in the first place and if you read it which you should you may decide you need to take a break every once in a while because all this circumperambulati ...more
french experimental writer and oulipo member georges perec was commissioned in the late 1960s to "use a computer's basic mode of operation as a writing device." writing within a self-imposed set of constraints aimed at mimicking a computer's internal decision-making process, perec crafted a short work that "simulate[d] the speed and tireless repetitiveness of a computer program by abandoning all forms of punctuation as well as the distinction between upper- and lower-case letters." the result, t ...more
Chuck LoPresti
A literary sneeze, a good sneeze - the kind that opens your sinuses and snaps you back into a clearer present reality that serves as Perec’s instructions to write as computer is what’s offered here. I've read that Jarry spoke in an affected rhythmic and metallic voice and it's this voice that resonated in my head through the two long breaths that I needed to read this delightful little book. Despite the fact that you'll be served a single long sentence void of punctuation - this is a very easy a ...more
Hilarious book written in the form of a computer program: if/then propositions and yes/no statements. A highly recursive narrative that nonetheless tells a story: an employee who spends his entire career trying to get a raise. Imagine Kafka meeting the Marx Brothers and you have a sense of the book's level of absurdity. By taking a simple action--walking into a boss's office to ask for a raise--and breaking it down into its component elements and all of the possible outcomes of each element, Per ...more
Valde García
Hace más de dos meses me tope con “La Cámara Oscura”, de Impredimenta, y pude entrever lo inusual que es Perec. No salí de de la librería con esa colección de sueños (bellamente impresa, cabe destacar) pero sí con la tarea de averiguarle más.

Y aunque no he podido hacerme de “Vida, Instrucciones de uso”, la cual señalan como su obra más famosa, con “El arte…” he tenido una muy buena primera impresión, además de un interés generado por el resto de su trabajo, el cual es celebrado por nombres como
Georges Perec is a writer who likes to play. He is also a writer that for one to enjoy has to be willing to go on the drive with him, and he is for sure the driver. Remarkable on many fronts, this book has super anxiety attached to it. The fear of asking money from your boss or head of your station at work is sweat stained existence for many. And Perec plays on those fears in a very playful way. "Everything needs to be simple" is a thought that runs through out this small book, but simple is oft ...more
I would really, really love to see the theatre version of this performed sometime, because I got the greatest enjoyment out of this book while reading it aloud to a friend. One, it's much easier to follow that way, but it's also just that much more absurd when narrated out loud. I'm impressed that Perec was able to pull of writing like a computer algorithm and enjoyably so. Probably my favorite phrase was the "circumperabulate the various departments which constitute the whole or part of the org ...more
Ronald Morton
This book is brief so I will also be brief.

I was going to say that I am perfectly willing to be proven wrong in this, but then I realized that I was in fact not in any way willing to be proven wrong in this, and I won't even bother entertaining counter-points: I don't actually think Perec ever made a literary misstep. Like, ever.

The actual title of this book in literal translation is "the art and craft of approaching your head of department to submit a request for a raise." Believe it or not, th
David Chess
This is a delightful little book. Ultimately probably about the plight of the dehumanized toiler in modern civilization or something, but delightful nonetheless for it.

I will resist the temptation to review it in the breathless unpunctuated run-on style in which it's written, although it would be fun. :)

I've actually read only the (more recent?) David Bellos translation, titled "the art and craft of approaching your head of department to submit a request for a raise" (which I think is a better t
I should have reviewed it earlier.It missed the boat now.I can only write a postscritum to non-existent review.
It’s useless. All these clever tricks, the whole elaborate plan to entrap my boss in purpose asking him for a pay raise.It now went down the drains.

My firm has declared bankruptcy. Farewell boss,farewell job ,farewell salary increase.In fact farewell salary .
Written in the 1960s, this short story is still incredibly relevant to today. Undertaken as a sort of experiment (what Perec work isn't, though?) of an algorithm used to ask your boss for a raise, this story is written without punctuation or capitalization which makes it seem, erroneously, like one long sentence. I read this text aloud and at once to make it easier for my brain to digest. Following a handy flow-chart, this reads like a choose-your-own-adventure story, with the ceaseless repetiti ...more
Emily Strenk
This book was so comical. Written in one long wind-on sentence, this book is difficult to put down because there really is no good place to stop. However, at only 80 pages it is easy to read all in one go. The context of this book revolves around a person's neurotic thinking about all the little things that could happen in regards to asking his boss for a raise. It's a very relatable short story, and I think everyone should read at least some part of it because it points out such a basic human f ...more
Acayip eğlenceli bir Perec yaratısı daha. Ve-veya-ise-ancakveancaklarla örülmüş komplike ve matrak bir düzenek. Harika taşlamalar.

Ayrıca basite indirgemek için böyle yazdım çünkü her zaman basite indirgemek gerekir.
the problem with geniuses that died too young, is that we're forced to confront their lesser works, often doled out questionable packages. alas, I loved this piece, but it belongs in a collection of short works, not on its own. it's interesting having recently read Bernhard's "Correction" where he goes to great pains to punctuate his run-on sentences [and they really still don't work], to encounter Perec's ease of language [kudos to the translator] which allows him to do the same thing way bette ...more
Mientras nuestro protagonista, un héroe anónimo, se da una vuelta por los diferentes sectores cuyo conjunto constituye todo o parte de la organización que lo emplea, explota, utiliza, remunera, en la que desperdicia los mejores años de su vida... etc, etc, etc..... A su lado, vamos recorriendo el organigrama que ilustra la manera de pedirle un aumento a su jefe de sector.

Perec plantea un desafío al lector y a él mismo… como si la lectura no fuera lo suficientemente original y complicada, el aut
"so having weighed the pros and cons you've decided to approach your boss to ask for that well-earned raise in salary but before you schedule the all-important meeting you decide to dip into this handy volume in the hope of finding some valuable tips but instead find a hilarious, mind-bending, farcical account of all the many different things that may or may not happen on the journey to see your boss which uses little punctuation, no capitalisation and certainly no full stops"

the gloss on the ba
Isaac VR
Mi principal problema con Perec es su inmensidad. Las obras son más de lo que aparentan y mezclan en proporciones similares la vanguardia y la calidad artística.
"El arte y la manera de abordar a su jefe para pedirle un aumento" está algo alejada de La Vida:instrucciones de uso (su obra maestra), sin embarergo, no deja de ser una obra hecha para disfrutar en distintas leídas.
"El arte y la manera..." es la forma novelada de un diagrama de flujo (mismo que se presenta en la primera página) que habl
Unlike anything I've ever read. The true title is the art and craft of approaching your head of department to submit a request for a raise. Although the book's cover says something different, this is listed in all its long-winded glory on the title page.

Weird little book. No punctuation. No capitalization. I would recommend stealing away to a comfy, quiet spot to take in this book-length sentence. Let the narrator's anxiety wash all over you. Is the boss in? Is your coworker in a good mood? What
Sahasranaman M S
This novel uses the functioning of a computer as a literary device, but clearly it was written way before the programming techniques in user presently were invented.

It turned out to be a sad story in the end, which was unexpected given the experimental nature of the work and the generally cheerful and even the hopeful tone used through most of the novel.

But then, what a truly remarkable analogy. He couldn't have picked a better story to tell using this device. 4 stars just for that.
Στα ελληνικά «Η τέχνη και ο τρόπος να προσεγγίσεις τον προϊστάμενο της υπηρεσίας σου για να ζητήσεις αύξηση», εκδ. Καστανιώτη, μτφ Τούλα Τόλια.

Είναι επιτηδευμένα εξαντλητικό και μη αναγνώσιμο, ένα λογοτεχνικό πείραμα, όχι παράξενο για τον Περέκ. Ωστόσο απολαυστικό.
Πριν καν το διαβάσω, μού κατέβηκε αυτό το περίπου άσχετο
Sara Story
Despite the fact that I have never worked in a cubicle farm, this book was still immensely funny and poignant to the plights of the average office worker. I found myself giggling at Perec's techniques in repetition. The stream of consciousness approach worried me at first, but after getting into the novel I realized that it was the perfect approach. Not only does it accurately portray the inner worries of an employee asking for a raise, it imitates the way we write on computers and the way compu ...more
Pamela Glass
Despite a complete lack of punctuation, I found this a quick and hilarious read. It tickled my (highly neurotic) fancy, and I found it hard not to laugh out loud while reading in public places. Frightfully relatable despite being nearly 60 years old.
"...not allow you to glimpse the possibility of a not too distant raise you really shouldn't hold it against him if the raise doesn't arrive in the days immediately following we explained at some length that it was a complicated issue wait for six months then when six months later your hopes have been fully dashed go back to see mr x if he is there if he raises his eyes when you knock if he asks you straight off if he asks you to be seated and agrees to hear you out try to persuade him just one ...more
Sep 10, 2011 Martyn rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Lovers of experimental literature, bizarrists
The word genius is grossly overused. Georges Perec was a genius.

I could launch into an essay describing this book and its subject matter but it would just be a weak and inaccurate reflection of the truly staggering effect achieved here by Perec. This is unlike any book I've ever read, and I love it even more for that reason.

You will all just have to read it and then we can swap knowing nods, in that annoying way that lovers of genuinely clever literature do.
Tony Derricott
Predating cubicle comedies like The Office by decades, French author Georges Perec’s novel The Art of Asking Your Boss for a Raise stands apart like a bemused water cooler voyeur. This is the first English translation of his sardonic novel about the neuroses and private madness of a corporate employee, and although the setting may seem familiar, Perec’s droll writing is superior to anything comparable in the genre.

Release Date: March 14, 2011
Paul Blakemore
Unputdownable - mostly because there are literally no breaks or pauses for breath. A continuous stream of if and or statements that show, through repetition and subtle differences, the poignant tedium of work, life and aging. The real surprise is how laugh out loud funny this book is in parts. A writer in complete control of his medium and inventively playing with his own self-imposed rules.
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Georges Perec was a highly-regarded French novelist, filmmaker and essayist. He was a member of the Oulipo group. Many of his novels and essays abound with experimental wordplay, lists and attempts at classification, and they are usually tinged with melancholy.

Perec's first novel, Les Choses (Things: A Story of the Sixties) was awarded the Prix Renaudot in 1965.

In 1978, Perec won the prix Médicis
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