Customer Service

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Melville House, Jul 8, 2008 - Fiction - 74 pages
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Incorrect password. Try again. In this devilish satire by one of France's most audacious social commentators, a man gets a state-of-the-art cellphone that, in spite of himself, he falls in love with. It really does seem as if it's going to make his life easier. Except then he loses it. Luckily, he's a preferred customer, which is supposed to make it easy for him to get a replacement. And so begins a long, fiendish descent down the rabbit hole known as "customer service." But our hero is determined to stay on the outwit the phone outwait the hold talk to the head of customer service, who wrote to him that all he needed to do was call, and he would be able to get bak that time-saving convenience that made his life so much simpler... The Contemporary Art of the Novella series is designed to highlight work by major authors from around the world. In most instances, as with Imre Kert sz, it showcases work never before published; in others, books are reprised that should never have gone out of print. It is intended that the series feature many well-known authors and some exciting new discoveries. And as with the original series, The Art of the Novella, each book is a beautifully packaged and inexpensive volume meant to celebrate the form and its practitioners.

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User Review  - retropelocin - LibraryThing

Oh, the dreaded call to customer service! You begin with a simple question in mind and the highest hopes of a quick resolve. When the operator picks up you discover, not an operator but an automated ... Read full review

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User Review  - Alfonso809 - LibraryThing

The other night I was at the DT window in my job… and a lady asked me what was the difference between 6 different items that have the word “nachos” on them… at firsts I thought she was confused and ... Read full review


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An anarchic and controversial figure in France, BENOIT DUTEURTRE became a writer after Samuel Beckett praised his early work. Duteurtre went on to write 10 novels and win the coveted Prix Medici, and has been acclaimed by Milan Kundera and media philosopher Guy Dubord alike. The great-grandson of French President René Coty, Duteurtre is also the host of his own TV talk show, “Astonish Me, Benoit." His work has been translated into thirteen languages. This is his first book to be translated into English.

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