5 Business Books to Read on May 1

Waiting for repeat file May 1 We suggest a thematic reading path to more deeply reflect the meaning of the word “job” It takes in our contemporary.

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In the past, I denounced great novels state of alienation who often performs the work. Just think of masterpieces like star keyPrimo Levi’s first work was published in 1978 and won the Strega Prize, or bitter life by Luciano Bianciardi (1962).

A deeper look into our contemporary literature allows us to understand that even the work’s narrative changes imperceptibly. Recently, many books have been questioning the role that work plays in the life of a twenty-first century person.

It is undoubtedly the predominant action in everyone’s life: full-time work often occupies 70% or 80% of our days and requires the expenditure of most of our energy. Moreover, over time, work activity has become so closely associated with the concept of personal achievement that it appears to be intrinsically linked to it. In contemporary society, work is no longer reduced to mere subsistence: one does not “work to live”, but to fulfill oneself and this can lead to the most terrible reflection, which is a paradox “Live to work”.

something Does the word “work” mean in today’s world? To understand this, it is useful to turn to contemporary narratives.

Today’s books talk about work by associating it with other meanings such as “exploitation”, ‘work addiction’ (or so-called “work addiction”, ED), burnout syndrome and more. Literature has always highlighted the most disturbing aspects of life, those that only through the written word find the right margin of expression, and thus manage to have a voice, a breath, and a margin of meaning.

So let’s find out 5 contemporary novels Dedicated to the world of work and conditions of workers.

1. The world should know about Michela Murgia

The world should know (Einaudi, 2007) is the first book by Michela Murgia And it was based on the wonderful film by Paolo Virtue All life in the future With Isabella Ragonese and Sabrina Ferelli.

The novel is based on the autobiographical experience that the writer lived in the first person.

In January 2006, Michela Murgia was hired at the call center of the American multinational Kirby, the manufacturer of a three-thousand-euro vacuum cleaner. While, over the course of endless thirty days, specializing in the techniques of “remote messaging” and the subtle persuasion of the unsuspecting housewife, the author opened a blog where she reports on what’s happening in the call center. Thus emerges a gruesome scenario composed of motivational tactics, psychological deception, and corporate punishment, giving life to a representation of a modus operandi with crazy and brutal rhythms.

A parody – sometimes funny, sometimes not – of the contemporary.




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2. Steel Sylvia Avalon

After earning a degree in philosophy with honors, tested through uncertainty due to the resulting unemployment situation, Silvia Avalon (born in 1984) decided to headlong into writing, seeking some form of compensation in the written word. A brave novel was born for the first time hard It is also the most faithful portrait of the Italian working class in the twenty-first century, which is often forgotten through the great novels. The book came in second place striga award An unexpected success for a novice. In 2010 he was awarded the “Campello Opera Award”.

In his first book, Avallone tells, through the eyes of two teenagers, an Italy searching for identity and voice, opening a glimpse of An unprecedented environment of the working class. He talks about the Piombino steelworks and the back-breaking hard work of a huge factory and often life-ruining too.




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3. Surprising and tremors by Amelie Nothomb

Surprise and tremors (Voland, 2017) a novel by the Belgian writer Emily Nothombe Published in 1999 and introduced herself as an autobiography. The book won the Grand Prix of the French Academy.

The plot tells a real and original chapter in the author’s life, when young Amelie managed to find work in a very important Japanese multinational, Yumimoto. Thus, he has fulfilled the dream of returning to live in his original country. However, the inability to adapt to the ruthless mechanism of “one of the greatest corporations in the universe” will lead it to undergo, in mounting humiliation, to experience a terrible descent into hell. The only light, the arrogant beauty of Fubuki Mori, his boss. But the beautiful Fubuki will prove to be the most sadistic and cruel executioner.

from a book 2003 movie of the same name Starring Selfie Estud, available on Netflix.




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4. Anna Wiener’s Dark Valley

Anna Weiner’s diary, dark valley (Adelphi, 2020), unlocks insight into the true reality of Silicon Valley. This legendary place where workspaces are designed as apartments and apartments as workspaces.

Fed up with the instability of publishing, 25-year-old Anna Wiener decides to enter the thriving world of startups in search of a rewarding professional career.

After five years working in the legendary Silicon Valley, Winner decides to escape it: this book is the story of his escape.

Since I have left the perverted logic and mechanisms prevailing in that golden and troubling place, I have decided to write this memoir, which has taken the form of a precious testament to the New digital jobs. It reveals the invisible world of the Internet, a world obsessed with profit, efficiency and performance that erases all that is human.




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5. It Wasn’t What I Dreamed About As A Child Written by Sarah Canvaila and Jolanda De Virgilio

This is not what I dreamed of as a child (Garzanti, 2021) is a quadruple book written by first-time authors Sarah Canvaila And Jolanda de Virgilio Which gives us the most complete picture of what it means to enter the world of work today. The protagonists are Fresh graduates, out of the office, unstable: a sign that could apply to the thousands of young people today who are dealing with low-paying internships and frustrating jobs.

The plot focuses on the story of training the protagonist, Ida, at a large communications agency in Milan. It tells us what it means to be an adult today: relationships ended before they even began, the feeling of powerlessness in the face of an unstable and unjust work system, the frustration of living in a city as difficult as a big one.




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Do you know any of these novels? What do you think of the world of work described in these pages, do you think it reflects the current reality? We look forward to seeing you in the comments.

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