Atlantic Hotel
Atlantic Hotel
João Gilberto Noll

Translated by Adam Morris


Just who is the narrator of João Gilberto Noll's dark and mysterious Atlantic Hotel? First he books a room where a murder has just occurred, claiming he's just arrived from the airport. But then he suddenly leaves the hotel, telling a cab driver he’s an alcoholic headed for detox. After that he hops on an all-night bus headed across Brazil, where he begins to seduce a beautiful American woman. Next he says he’s a soap opera actor, which is a bad idea—it makes the people he’s hitchhiking with want to kill him. Then he impersonates a priest. He travels to yet another town, and this time he knocks on a very wrong door. The man who opens it has him in the crosshairs of a gun—the narrator passes out, and when he awakes something terrible is happening to him . . .

Crossing the wanderings of a flâneur with the menacing mystery of a hard-boiled noir, and always leaving the narrator’s identity in flux, Brazilian master João Gilberto Noll ponders how any of us come to possess a sense of who—or what—we are. Published right before his widely acclaimed Quiet Creature on the Corner, Noll’s Atlantic Hotel is one of his best-known and most infamous works.

Title Atlantic Hotel
Author João Gilberto Noll
Translated by Adam Morris
Publisher Two Lines Press
Title First Published 16 May 2017
Format Paperback
Nb of pages 104 p.
ISBN-10 1931883602
ISBN-13 9781931883603
Publication Date 01 May 2017
Main content page count 104
Weight 16 oz.