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 no one else in his office will acknowledge. When Bjorn is in his room, what his coworkers 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 coworkers to try to 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.
The Room is the most effective chapbook on workplace comportment since Glengarry Glen Ross. Hats off!" (Nick Offerman, author of Paddle Your Own Canoe)
"A gripping, tense, demonic fable in which the unease is precision-tooled and the turns of the screw wholly unexpected." (Neel Mukherjee, author of The Lives of Others)
"The daily grind got you down? Escape into this Swedish dark comedy about a scaldingly contemptuous office drone who discovers a secret room in his workplace." (O, the Oprah Magazine, "Ten Titles to Pick Up Now")