Hotel Crystal (2008) In this witty puzzler of a novel by Olivier Rolin (translated by Jane Kuntz), a traveler with the same name as the author begins each… 2008-05-27 Action/Adventure Fiction Dalkey Archive
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Hotel Crystal (2008)

EW's GRADE
A-

Details Release Date: May 27, 2008; Writer: Olivier Rolin; Genres: Action/Adventure, Fiction; Publisher: Dalkey Archive

In this witty puzzler of a novel by Olivier Rolin (translated by Jane Kuntz), a traveler with the same name as the author begins each chapter with a description of a different hotel room he's stayed in around the world. These, in turn, become occasions for Rolin (or ''Rolin''?) to tell us of his adventures as a globe-trotting amateur spy and dashing lover. Frenchman Rolin engages in literary game-playing in Hotel Crystal, crossing influences such as Vladimir Nabokov and Georges Perec. It's only when Rolin introduces a warmongering ''President Push'' that his airy playfulness becomes briefly heavy-handed. A-

Originally posted May 09, 2008 Published in issue #991 May 16, 2008 Order article reprints