Seasonal Associate

Category: Book
Translated By: Derbyshire, Katy
By (author): Geissler, Heike
Afterword By: Vennemann, Kevin
Series: Semiotext(e) / Native Agents
Subject:  BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs
  BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Labor
  CALENDARS / General
  FICTION / Literary
  POLITICAL SCIENCE / Labor & Industrial Relations
Publisher: Semiotext(e)
Published: December 2018
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 7.90in x 5.50in x 0.75in
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How the brutalities of working life are transformed into exhaustion, shame, and self-doubt: a writer's account of her experience working in an Amazon fulfillment center.

No longer able to live on the proceeds of her freelance writing and translating income, German novelist Heike Geissler takes a seasonal job at Amazon Order Fulfillment in Leipzig. But the job, intended as a stopgap measure, quickly becomes a descent into humiliation, and Geissler soon begins to internalize the dynamics and nature of the post-capitalist labor market and precarious work. Driven to work at Amazon by financial necessity rather than journalistic ambition, Heike Geissler has nonetheless written the first and only literary account of corporate flex-time employment that offers "freedom" to workers who have become an expendable resource. Shifting between the first and the second person,Seasonal Associateis a nuanced expose of the psychic damage that is an essential working condition with mega-corporations. Geissler has written a twenty-first-century account of how the brutalities of working life are transformed into exhaustion, shame, and self-doubt.

From The Publisher*How the brutalities of working life are transformed into exhaustion, shame, and self-doubt: a writer's account of her experience working in an Amazon fulfillment center.
Biographical NoteChris Kraus is the author of four novels, includingI Love DickandSummer of Hate; two books of art and cultural criticism; and most recently,After Kathy Acker: A Literary Biography. She received the College Art Association's Frank Jewett Mather Award in Art Criticism in 2008, and a Warhol Foundation Art Writing grant in 2011. She lives in Los Angeles.