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The Room by Jonas Karlsson
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The Room (2009)

by Jonas Karlsson

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Ok book, kind of boring. ( )
  sitting_duck | Mar 22, 2018 |
This is a strange, fascinating book. I don't think I've ever "met" a protagonist I had so many feelings about: disdain, sympathy, bewilderment, amusement, frustration, pity, fondness. I'm also still not really sure what happened. The office culture made perfect sense to me, though! ( )
  AngelClaw | Nov 11, 2016 |
למרות שהספר מקורי, ומכיל הבחנות מעניינות על החיים במשרדים גדולים ועל משחקי כוח שם ובמקומות אחרים, הוא חסר מספיק מהות בשביל שיהיה ספר טוב באמת. יותר כמו ראשי תיבות לספר. ( )
  amoskovacs | Nov 8, 2016 |
Terrific book about ambition, alienation, paranoia, isolation, along with relationships in the workplace. A very quick & humorous read, but it is also a very thoughtful & intelligent story. One that I will be pondering for a long time to come.
Highly recommended! ( )
  Icewineanne | Aug 4, 2016 |
"I’ve reread it three times now and each time tried to see it a different way and the writing still works out beautifully (so kudos to the translator too!). "
read more: http://likeiamfeasting.blogspot.gr/2016/07/the-room-jonas-karlsson.html ( )
  mongoosenamedt | Aug 1, 2016 |
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Vi står flera minuter och samtalar med varandra.
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Ett litet barn med napp i munnen såg mig rakt i ögonen en lång stund. Till slut fick jag lov att undra. // - Känner vi varandra? (s.108)
Gråt är för svaga människor. Gråt är ett tecken på ovilja att skärpa till sig och ett sätt för människor med sämre intelligens att ta plats i offentligheten. Gråt hör hemma bland småbarn och lök. (s.109)
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0804139989, Paperback)

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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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.… (more)

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