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The Room

Written by Hubert Selby

Part of the Penguin Modern Classics Series

The Room Synopsis

'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.

The Room Press Reviews

It's absolutely horrific ... but just about the most powerful novel I've ever read * The Times * 'Selby's place is in the front rank of American novelists ... to understand his work is to understand the anguish of America.' * New York Times Book Review * One must be grateful to Selby for his fatal vision and strong, original talent * Newsweek * Selby deploys street slang, common speech, argot and scatology to create a high poetic art...it seems to derive from the greatest American poetry--Whitman, Pound, Williams, and Olson * The Nation * A terrifying journey into the darkest corners of the psyche * Guardian * Selby's best book * The TLS *

Book Information

ISBN: 9780141195674
Publication date: 25th August 2011
Author: Hubert Selby
Publisher: Penguin Classics an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 240 pages

About Hubert Selby

Hubert Selby, Jr. was born in Brooklyn in 1928. At the age of 15, he dropped out of school and went to sea with the merchant marines. While at sea he was diagnosed with lung disease. With no other way to make a living, he decided to try writing: 'I knew the alphabet. Maybe I could be a writer.' In 1964 he completed his first book, Last Exit to Brooklyn, which has since become a cult classic. In 1966, it was the subject of an obscenity trial in the UK. His other books include The Room, The Demon, Requiem for a Dream, Song ...

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