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The Scheme for Full Employment

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From Magnus Mills, the acknowledged master of the working-class dystopic parablea genre he practically inventeda new work of comic genius

The whole idea is simple yet so perfect: men drive to and from strategically placed warehouses in Univansidentical and serviceable vehiclestransporting replacement parts for...Univans. Gloriously self-perpetuating, the Scheme was designed to give an honest days wage for an honest days labor. That it produces nothing does not obtain. Our hero in Magnus Mills mesmerizing new work is a five-year veteran of the Scheme: he knows the best routes, the easiest managers, the quickest ways in and out. Inevitably, trouble begins to brew. A woman arrives on the scene. Some workers develop delivery sidelines. And most disturbing of all, not all participants are in agreement. There are “Flat-Dayers,” who believe the Schemes eight-hour day is sacrosanct and inviolable, and there are “Swervers,” who fancy being let off a little early now and again. Disagreement turns to argument, argument to debate, debate to outright schism. Soon the Flat-Dayers and Swervers have pushed the Scheme to the very brink of disaster...and readers to the edge of their chairs in delight.

Magnus Mills is the author of The Restraint of Beasts (shortlisted for the Booker Prize), All Quiet on the Orient Express, and Three to See the King. He lives outside London with his wife.

The whole concept is so simple yet so perfect: men drive to and from strategically placed warehouses in Univansidentical and very serviceable vehiclestransporting replacement parts for . . . Univans. Gloriously self-perpetuating, the Scheme for Full Employment (or "Scheme," for short) is more than social engineering; it is the unified field theory of the modern working world. And what greater good can there be than honest wages for honest labor?

Or so thinks our hero, a five-year veteran of the Scheme, and a contented man. The joy of work lies in just the right balance of routine and surprise. This balance, however, turns out to be more fragile than he could have imagined. A woman arrives on the scene. Some colleagues develop delivery sidelines for extra income. And, most disturbing of all, trouble is beginning to brew between those who believe the Scheme's eight-hour shift sacrosanct and inviolable, and those who fancy being let off a little early now and again (where's the harm?). Disagreement turns to argument, argument to debate, debate to outright schism. Can the Scheme survive?

From Magnus Mills, the acknowledged contemporary master of the working-class dystopic parable, comes a new novel of comic genius. With his trademark deadpan brilliance (and the odd spare part), Mills triumphs again in a tale of deceptive simplicity and irresistible pull.

"Very subtle, almost Swiftian, satire."Kirkus Reviews

"The British seem to have a particular talent for producing mordant satires of working-class mores, and Mills proves again that he is one of the best writers in the genre. With this clever allegory, Mills turns the trip to and from work into a literary joy ride."Publishers Weekly

"[Magnus Mills] keeps things moving with brief, drolly amusing scenes and encounters, inane observations, and the humor of the characters' very British sense of imperturbability. Mills is proving himself to be a major and prolific writer of social satire whose work is both ridiculous and disturbing."Library Journal

Synopsis:

From Magnus Mills, the acknowledged master of the working-class dystopic parable—a genre he practically invented—a new work of comic genius

The whole idea is simple yet so perfect: men drive to and from strategically placed warehouses in Univans—identical and serviceable vehicles—transporting replacement parts for...Univans. Gloriously self-perpetuating, the Scheme was designed to give an honest days wage for an honest days labor. That it produces nothing does not obtain. Our hero in Magnus Mills mesmerizing new work is a five-year veteran of the Scheme: he knows the best routes, the easiest managers, the quickest ways in and out. Inevitably, trouble begins to brew. A woman arrives on the scene. Some workers develop delivery sidelines. And most disturbing of all, not all participants are in agreement. There are “Flat-Dayers,” who believe the Schemes eight-hour day is sacrosanct and inviolable, and there are “Swervers,” who fancy being let off a little early now and again. Disagreement turns to argument, argument to debate, debate to outright schism. Soon the Flat-Dayers and Swervers have pushed the Scheme to the very brink of disaster...and readers to the edge of their chairs in delight.

About the Author

Magnus Mills is the author of The Restraint of Beasts, All Quiet on the Orient Express, and Three to See the King. He lives in London.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780312421632
Subtitle:
A Novel
Author:
Mills, Magnus
Publisher:
Picador
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Satire
Subject:
Political fiction
Subject:
Full employment policies
Subject:
Labor policy
Edition Number:
1st Picador USA ed.
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series Volume:
no. 6, 1986
Publication Date:
20021206
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Includes one map
Pages:
176
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.50 in

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From Magnus Mills, the acknowledged master of the working-class dystopic parable—a genre he practically invented—a new work of comic genius

The whole idea is simple yet so perfect: men drive to and from strategically placed warehouses in Univans—identical and serviceable vehicles—transporting replacement parts for...Univans. Gloriously self-perpetuating, the Scheme was designed to give an honest days wage for an honest days labor. That it produces nothing does not obtain. Our hero in Magnus Mills mesmerizing new work is a five-year veteran of the Scheme: he knows the best routes, the easiest managers, the quickest ways in and out. Inevitably, trouble begins to brew. A woman arrives on the scene. Some workers develop delivery sidelines. And most disturbing of all, not all participants are in agreement. There are “Flat-Dayers,” who believe the Schemes eight-hour day is sacrosanct and inviolable, and there are “Swervers,” who fancy being let off a little early now and again. Disagreement turns to argument, argument to debate, debate to outright schism. Soon the Flat-Dayers and Swervers have pushed the Scheme to the very brink of disaster...and readers to the edge of their chairs in delight.

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