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Night Work

3.19  ·  Rating details ·  787 Ratings  ·  111 Reviews
There's nothing moving outside. No cars. No buses. No people. No birds.
No one.

An ordinary man wakes up on an ordinary day to find that he's the only living creature in the entire city. The radio and TV are suddenly filled with white noise, there's no newspaper, the Internet is down and no one's answering the phone.

Jonas is the last living being on the pl
Paperback, 375 pages
Published July 17th 2008 by Canongate Books (first published 2006)
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Jun 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is not a post-apocalyptic book. There are no zombies and no conspiracy about the end of the world. Probably. Well. We don’t really know what happened. One day, main (and only) character Jonas wakes up to discover that everyone else is gone. He is all alone. There are no other people around, and nothing indicating what might have happened. Animals are gone too. Insects. Birds. It’s like everybody just disappeared in a cloud of smoke. Ceased to exist from one second to the next.

Except Jonas h
Feb 28, 2009 rated it did not like it
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Jan 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Remember that time your parents took you to the fair and you saw that shiny mechanical ride across the way and just sort of wandered towards it and when you looked back your parents were gone and you were suddenly lost in this huge, unknown world? This book is a little like that. Remember when it took them like 20 minutes to find you and the creepy bearded guy offered to buy you a treat and you stepped in some pig shit and they had to call for your parents over the loudspeaker? This book is not ...more
Elnora Romness
Dec 30, 2009 rated it did not like it
I hated this book. It was kind of like "LOST"--it ended with far too many questions that were unanswered...mainly one big one that I don't want to ask here because it would ruin the plot, or what there was of one. It felt like the author was finding an excuse to explicate some philosophical ramblings. It was a lot of "minor detail minor detail minor detail DEEP PHILOSOPHICAL THOUGHT minor detail minor detail". As a reader, I absolutely hated this book. As a writing, I liked the author's ability ...more
Lo que me llamó la atención al adquirir este libro fue su argumento: el que un buen día el protagonista se da cuenta de que es el único ser vivo sobre la tierra. No hay más personas. No hay animales de ningún tipo. Las comunicaciones se han cortado. Jonas, el protagonista, está solo. No hay nadie más. Jonas no sabe qué ha ocurrido, si la gente ha muerto o está viva, y si está viva dónde se encuentra, cómo ha desaparecido. De esta manera, asistimos al periplo de Jonas en su infructuosa búsqueda d ...more
Aug 24, 2011 rated it it was ok
I had a hard time picking out a star rating for this book. Three felt too generous and two felt too stingy. As much as I liked certain aspects of it, it was let down by what I saw as several serious problems. The premise is attractive: a man named Jonas wakes up to find himself apparently the last living soul on Earth, microorganisms and plants excluded. Glavinic takes a very interesting approach here, following Jonas's path through his hometown of Vienna in his attempts to find other people and ...more
Robert Beveridge
Thomas Glavinic, Night Work (Canongate, 2006)

Imagine you wake up one morning and find that, as far as you can tell, you are the last living being left on Earth. What would you do?

This is the premise of Thomas Glavinic's Night Work, his third novel (though the first to be translated into English). First off, let me warn you to ignore the copy on the back cover, which calls this a fast-paced thriller; it is anything but. Instead, it's a deliberately-paced novel of existential crisis taken to the e
Thurston Hunger
Nov 07, 2010 rated it did not like it
This took a bit of an effort to complete. The apparent apocalyptic (or post-rapture?) setting, I think is just a front for some thoughts on identity/sanity, especially with respect to the One in relation to the Other. That is, if a man goes crazy in the forest and no one hears, does he go crazy? Or in this case, substitute forest with oddly abandoned city.

The other strand in this book may be the role that technology functions between one and the other. Thus our agonizing protagonist is preoccup
Jul 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I never write reviews but this book stands out and I can't help but comment... The last man on Earth. He wakes up and is mysteriously alone - all people, animals and insects - everything - gone. This is a journey through a man alone's mind and it had me guessing until the final words... It is not about how or why he is alone - it is an expose into aloneness and had me spell-bound
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The former writer of advertising copy and taxi driver emerged with his 1998 debut novel Carl Haffner's Love of the Draw. The novel describes the life of chess master Carl Schlechter. The book received several awards and has been translated into other languages, but did not make it onto the bestseller lists. The novel has autobiographical aspects: Thomas Glavinic played his first chess game at the ...more
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