'It is quite an experience to be locked up all by yourself in any size room' says the anonymous narrator of Hubert Selby Jr.'s second novel.
What follows is a startling series of recollections and fantasies that illuminate the workings of a prisoner's unhinged mind.
He yearns for his violent childhood, rages against obscure authorities, and imagines enacting horrible revenge on those who imprisoned him.
The prisoner's remand cell becomes the scene of a surreal mental torture. Disorienting, nightmarish and structurally inventive, The Room is a shocking examination of the suffering humans can inflict on each other.
- Format: Paperback / softback
- Pages: 240 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
- Publication Date: 25/08/2011
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780141195674