The Room by Jonas Karlsson audiobook

The Room: A Novel

By Jonas Karlsson
Read by George Newbern

Random House Audio
3.46 Hours Unabridged
Format: Digital Download (In Stock)
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    ISBN: 9780553409994

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.

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Summary

Summary

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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

Provocative…Karlsson’s deft jab at dead-end workplaces keeps you agreeably off-balance and eager for more of his work. Kirkus
“Brilliant. Financial Times (UK)
Part psychological drama documenting a disturbed man’s possible descent into madness and part satirical take on corporate culture and the alienated workers it produces, Karlsson succeeds admirably in creating the perfect combination of funny, surreal, and disturbing. Booklist
Hilarious and chilling. Times of London
Thoroughly enjoyable. Guardian
A flawless novel that you will finish with a smile. Knack (Netherlands)
Jonas Karlsson masterfully tells us about his main character’s Kafkaesque adventure. Panorama (Italy)
The Room has the qualities of a masterpiece. Göteborgsposten (Sweden)
Fascinating.… Every time you think you know where Bjorn is heading, he does or says something that tilts the whole story. Minimalism and surrealism, bundled in a short but powerful novel. DeZondag (Netherlands)
Sweden has its own Kafka in Jonas Karlsson. DeMorgen (Netherlands)
A Beckettian drama in an open plan office. Il Giornale (Italy)
Surreal, funny and unsettling. Independent.co.uk
A contemporary tale worthy of comparison to Franz Kafka’s works, Amélie Nothomb’s Fear and Trembling, and Herman Melville’s classic ‘Bartelby, the Scrivener,’ while the antics of Björn’s fellow workers recall Terry Gilliam’s film Brazil. Enjoyable reading, extremely well executed, this fable should become mandatory reading for cubicle and office workers everywhere. Library Journal (starred)
Trendy Nordic noir meets faded office bureaucracy—with haunting effect. New York Post    “The Room, a modern, Bartleby-like examination of the tyranny of radical individualism, does mess with one's head, but in a most pleasurable way.
“Swedish actor and playwright Karlsson’s short novel offers a monologue that builds from simple office satire to a reality-bending psychological profile with insights into the nature and importance of personal space. Publishers Weekly (starred review) 
The Room is the most effective chapbook on workplace comportment since Glengarry Glen Ross. Hats off! Nick Offerman, author of Paddle Your Own Canoe
Karlsson's prose and the inventiveness of Björn's surreal mental workings are often funny, but the overall impact is also deeply thought-provoking and profoundly disquieting, and the combination of the banal and the absurd results in a striking and singular read. Shelf Awareness
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
“A contemporary tale worthy of comparison to Franz Kafka’s works, Amélie Nothomb’s Fear and Trembling…while the antics of Björn’s fellow workers recall Terry Gilliam’s film Brazil. Enjoyable reading, extremely well executed, this fable should become mandatory reading for cubicle and office workers everywhere.” Library Journal (starred review)
“Using Bjorn’s voice to draw characters and build dramatic tension, Karlsson exposes the gifts and gaffes, visions and delusions, and the rise and fall of a seemingly ordinary civil servant.” Publishers Weekly
“Part psychological drama documenting a disturbed man’s possible descent into madness and part satirical take on corporate culture and the alienated workers it produces. Karlsson succeeds admirably in creating the perfect combination of funny, surreal, and disturbing.” Booklist
“Provocative…Karlsson’s deft jab at dead-end workplaces keeps you agreeably off-balance and eager for more of his work.” Kirkus Reviews

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Author Bio: Jonas Karlsson

Author Bio: Jonas Karlsson

Jonas Karlsson writes plays and short fiction. One of Sweden’s most prominent actors, he has performed on Sweden’s premier stage and in several acclaimed feature films and television series. In 2005 Karlsson made his debut as a playwright, earning rave reviews from his audience and critics alike. Spurred by the joy of writing for the stage, Karlsson began writing fiction.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Fiction/Literary
Runtime: 3.46
Audience: Adult
Language: English