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On the Line: Notes From a Factory
Released the same day as the standard print edition
Title:
On the Line: Notes From a Factory
Written by:
Joseph Ponthus 
Read by:
John Sackville 
Format:
Unabridged CD Audio Book 
Number of CDs:
Duration:
3 hours 33 minutes 
Published:
April 01 2021 
Available Date:
April 01 2021 
Age Category:
Adult 
ISBN:
9781867523895 
Genres:
Fiction; Contemporary Fiction; Literary Fiction; Poetry 
Publisher:
Bolinda audio 
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A multi-award-winning French bestseller that brings poetry to the factory floor.

Unable to find work in his field, Joseph Ponthus enlists with a temp agency and starts to pick up casual shifts in the fish processing plants and abattoirs of Brittany. Day after day he records with infinite precision the nature of work on the production line: the noise, the weariness, the dreams stolen by the repetitive nature of exhausting rituals and physical suffering. But he finds solace in a life previously lived. Shelling prawns, he dreams of Alexandre Dumas. Pushing cattle carcasses, he recalls Apollinaire. And, in the grace of the blank spaces created by his insistent return to a new line of text – mirroring his continued return to the production line – we discover the woman he loves, the happiness of a Sunday, Pok Pok the dog, the smell of the sea. In this celebrated French bestseller, translated by Stephanie Smee, Ponthus captures the mundane, the beautiful and the strange, writing with an elegance and humour that sit in poignant contrast with the blood and sweat of the factory floor.

'Few books immediately suspend time; few need no warm-up and almost demand to be read, reread, underlined. Stephanie Smee’s rendition of Joseph Ponthus’s multi-award-winning first solo book, On the Line: Notes from a factory, is one such read.'
Australian Book Review