Eleven executives are seated round a meeting room table. Their voices make up this vel. The president harangues them about cost cutting, restructuring, redundancy. As they feign attention the reader is privy to their most intimate thoughts. There's the self-destructive violence of the former chief executive, the depraved cynicism of the man on the make, the gruelling daily routine of a working mother, the glacial despair of the HR director, the libidius fantasies of the career bureaucrat. All have one thing in common: each of them, from the depths of their frustration is at war with all the others. At the centre of this Divine Comedy, like Lucifer with a business school sheen, reigns Rorty, the president, a blue-eyed corporate assassin. Gross Margin is a savage and hilarious vel about contemporary office life.
Laurent Quintreau was one of the founders of the magazine Perpendiculaire, and is a performance artist. He also works for a corporation and is a trade unionist.