Night Work

by Thomas Glavinic
Release date: 2008
Original title: Die Arbeit der Nacht
Type: speculative fiction
Genres: science fiction
Tags: translation

The original novel was published in 2006. Translated by John Brownjohn.

The routine of daily life is such that one goes to sleep with the security that tomorrow will arrive, just as it did today.

Jonas, a young professional in contemporary Vienna, wakes up one morning to discover that he may be the last living being on earth. The highways are empty. The restaurants are empty. The animals have disappeared. The radio only emits white noise and the internet is down. No one answers his phone calls.

Night Work is a fast-paced, psychological thriller, exploring the darkness that lies deep within us all. With skilled, efficient prose, Glavinic unsettles our notion of the human condition and the artifice of civilization, peeling back the onion to reveal our greatest fears, that no one is in charge and that something unthinkable and unjust is about to occur. Night Work is a small gem of a book, unlike any other you’ve read.

(updated 2014-04-02)

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