The Art and Craft of Approaching Your Head of Department to Submit a Request for a Raise

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Between the Ears on BBC Radio 3

BBC Radio 3, 8 December 2012
Written in 1968 by the late Georges Perec and newly translated by David Bellos, The Art and Craft ..., is a prose imitation of flowchart, entirely devoid of punctuation and capital letters, based on the premise that if you go to ask your boss for a raise, you might be faced with certain choices: should you go talk to an enticing colleagues first, or check whether your boss swallowed a fishbone? Should you eat lunch? Or should you shy away from the responsibility altogether and find an obscure department to burrow yourself away?  The tale could best be described as Kafkaesque, as well as being a humorous satire on corporate life, both in the 1960s as well as today.
Combining sounds, overlaid tracks, snatches of popular music as well as multitracked narratives (by Alain Mayor), Diana Bird's version of the tale came across as a surrealist narrative, a combination of face-to-face dialogue and imaginative fantasy.  Listeners were left in an uncertain position; they did not know whether to rely on what was being said, or to take some of the statements with the proverbial pinch of intellectual salt.  But this was precisely the point: in Perec's original narrative the lack of punctuation was deliberately designed to create a similar effect; to render the reasonable unreasonable, and vice versa.
With something like this, I believe it's best to let it wash over you than trying to make too much sense of it; after all, isn't corporate life likewise 'nonsensical' in many of its rituals?