The Room

The Room

A Novel

Paperback - 2015 | First edition.
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Funny, clever, surreal, and thought-provoking, this Kafkaesque masterpiece introduces the unforgettable Bjorn, an exceptionally meticulous office worker striving to live life on his own terms.

Bjorn is a compulsive, meticulous bureaucrat who discovers a secret room at the government office where he works--a secret room that no one else in his office will acknowledge. When Bjorn is in his room, what his co-workers see is him standing by the wall and staring off into space looking dazed, relaxed, and decidedly creepy. Bjorn's bizarre behavior eventually leads his co-workers to try and have him fired, but Bjorn will turn the tables on them with help from his secret room.

Debut author Jonas Karlsson doesn't leave a word out of place in this brilliant, bizarre, delightful take on how far we will go--in a world ruled by conformity--to live an individual and examined life.
Publisher: London ; New York : Hogarth, [2015]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780804139984
Branch Call Number: Fic
Characteristics: 190 pages ; 19 cm
Additional Contributors: Smith, Neil - Translator


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SFPL_danielay May 30, 2017

Don't we all wish we could get away from our coworkers sometimes? In "The Room" Bjorn finds an extra room at work that only he can see. When he goes into the room he becomes better at his job but to his coworkers he looks like he is just staring at the wall. It reminded me a bit of the movie "The Boss of It All" and not only because they are both set in a dysfunctional Scandinavian workplace. A quick and quirky read.

SarahAReader Dec 24, 2015

Very good.

Aug 31, 2015

An updated Scandinavian version of Bartleby the Scrivener that makes the reader wonder: how can we ever really understand the difference between how we see ourselves and how we're seen by others. Very enjoyable novella that made me laugh aloud in a few spots.

Jul 06, 2015

Loved it! Perfect for books groups as it would make for a very interesting and no doubt lively discussion.


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