Original title: Nostalgia
A satire about working life, media, and the price of success. A novel about a workweek that’s completely normal – in other words, utter hell.
On Monday morning, freelance journalist Anni Syysaho signs a contract she can’t refuse. Late Tuesday night her door- bell rings; it’s the courier delivering the background material for the piece – Reorganization Consultant Maaria Riento packed in five plastic boxes. A professional crisis and deadlines loom simultaneously, her husband is threatened with being laid off, and the text disappears from a can of Lidl lasagna. The week’s not even halfway over yet; maybe Anni has time to find another job?
How did this happen to us? Whatever happened to our ideals, to all sense of meaning? When did the other party at the glossy conference table, an old collegemate, turn into a highly efficient talking robot? How crazy can the working world get? Pauliina Susi’s tragicomic satire about work, 21st-century media, and the price of success would make us cry if it didn’t make us laugh so hard.