The Room

A Novel

by Jonas Karlsson

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.


Recent Reviews

The Room, by Jonas Karlsson

J. R.

5 Stars

In this (kind of bizarre) novel, the main character, Bjorn, moves to a new company. It immediately becomes clear that there is something odd about this man. He looks down on his coworkers and presumes to give them orders. He even thinks…

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Review: The Room by Jonas Karlsson

Michelle Gilmore

4 Stars

The Room is one of those books that feels like it should be in a school curriculum somewhere. It’s a bit bizarre and even though the plot is fairly shallow there is still plenty to discuss and analyze.Bjorn has just gotten a job at…

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Metaphorical and Funny

Alyssa McClure

3.5 Stars

This book was clever, but I'm not sure that I "get" it. I recommend reading it as it's a solid 3.5 depending on how you like books that don't spoon feed answers to you.As a short story it's fascinating as we learn about a shadow…

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The Room by Jonas Karlsson, translated by Neil Smith

Linda Taba

5 Stars

The Room is darkly humorous, nightmarish, and absurd. I couldn't stop reading and finished the book in a day. I loved…

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The Room

Jen Bergmueller

4 Stars

The story is about Bjorn, an office drone starting work at a new company.  It doesn't take too long before you realize, Bjorn is a bit bananas. I found myself imagining him as a Swedish Milton "Det är min…

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