Primo Levi, "Bureau of Vital Statistics"

An office dedicated to assigning causes of death is no place for a man with qualms.

(from A Tranquil Star)

This is a what-if-heaven-was-a-bureaucracy stories — believe it or not a legit and not uncommon literary genre. In this one, there’s an unsettling feeling that even these people who run the world, in a sense, don’t know everything. Like why the elevators sometimes don’t work, for one.

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