Hotel Crystal

Hotel Crystal Cover

Hotel Crystal

By Olivier Rolin; Jane Kuntz (Translator)

Dalkey Archive Press, Paperback, 9781564784926, 216pp.

Publication Date: May 1, 2008

Description
At some Parisian lost-and-found, a mysterious manuscript scribbled onto stray bits of hotel stationary and postcards and stuffed into an abandoned briefcase comes into the hands of an editor, who claims to faithfully transcribe and assemble the random texts. On the face of it, these consist of fastidious descriptions of a series of hotel rooms in cities around the globe, but their world-weary writer, a certain Olivier Rolin, is also involved in a number of highly improbable international networks, populated by unsavory thugs and Mata Haris in distress. Author Olivier Rolin has dipped into his extensive travel notebooks to create this highly inventive novel that spoofs, among others, the decaying international espionage scene, the literary author publicity tour, and official French culture, all against a backdrop of the queasy alienation secreted by standard-issue hotel rooms across the globe.


About the Author
Olivier Rolin a obtenu le Prix Femina pour Port-Soudan en 1994 et le Prix France Culture pour Tigre en papier en 2003.

Jane Kuntz has translated Everyday Life and The Power of Flies by Lydie Salvayre, Hotel Crystal by Olivier Rolin, Pigeon Post by Dumitru Tsepeneag, and Hoppla! 1 2 3 and Making a Novel by Gerard Gavarry, all of which are available from Dalkey Archive Press.