On The Line: Notes From A Factory

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On The Line: Notes From A Factory by Joseph Ponthus


ISBN
9781760642334
Published
Binding
Paperback
Pages
272

Factory you shall never have my soul

I am here

And I count for so much more than you
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Factory you shall never have my soul
I am here
And I count for so much more than you
And I count so much more because of you
Thanks to you

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. On the Line ( la ligne) is a poet's ode to manual labour, and to the human spirit that makes it bearable.
ISBN:
9781760642334
Publication Date:
02 / 07 / 2020
Pages:
272

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