A taut, appealing, and often quite funny exploration of existential angst." —Kirkus Reviews
In a nameless suburb in an equally nameless country, every house has a room reserved for the president. No one knows when or why this came to be. It’s simply how things are, and no one seems to question it except for one young boy.
The room is kept clean and tidy, nobody talks about it and nobody is allowed to use it. It is for the president and no one else. But what if he doesn’t come? And what if he does? As events unfold, the reader is kept in the dark about what’s really going on. So much so, in fact, that we begin to wonder if even the narrator can be trusted...
Ricardo Romero has been compared to Franz Kafka and Italo Calvino, and we see why in this eerie, meditative novel narrated by a shy young boy who seems to be very good at lying about the truth. Following in the footsteps of Julio Cortázar and a certain literary tradition of sinister rooms (such as Dr Jekyll’s laboratory), The President’s Room is a mysterious tale based on the suspicion that a house is never just one single home.
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"Romero advances a conversation begun by Camus, Kafka, and Calvino....A taut, appealing, and often quite funny exploration of existential angst." —Kirkus Reviews
“Romero’s haunting fantasy, about the poetics of space and the edges of reality, underlines how impressive is the fiction currently emerging from an inspired Argentina.” —The Times Literary Supplement
“Romero’s short novel, with its brief sections creating the haunting atmosphere depicted by a breathless young narrator, will undoubtedly reward re-readings.” —Asymptote
“The President’s Room narrates bewilderment.” —Jorge Consiglio, author of SOUTHERLY