Two Lines Press’s second novel from the Brazilian phenomenon
Compared by critics to filmmaker David Lynch—and deeply influenced by Clarice Lispector—João Gilberto Noll is esteemed as one of Brazil’s living legends. Following the breakthrough success of last year’s Quiet Creature on the Corner, Two Lines Press now presents Noll’s career-defining work, Atlantic Hotel.
Just who narrates the dark and mysterious Atlantic Hotel? First he books a room where a murder has occurred, claiming he’s just arrived from the airport. But then he suddenly leaves, telling a cabbie he’s an alcoholic headed for detox. After that he hops on an all-night bus across Brazil, where he begins to seduce a beautiful American woman. Next he’s recognized as a soap opera actor. Then he impersonates a priest.
At length he knocks on a very wrong door in a small town: when it opens he’s looking down the barrel of a gun. He falls down unconscious, and when he awakes something terrible is happening to him…
“Noll is a master of prose, one of Brazil’s true literary icons.” — Literary Hub
“There’s something forbidden and alluring in [Noll’s] viewpoint.” — Electric Literature
“One of the most celebrated writers in contemporary Brazilian literature.” — Guernica Magazine
“Noll uses brevity to boldly evoke chaos and unrest.… He taps into haunting anxieties and unsettling imagery.” — Tobias Carroll, Vol. 1 Brooklyn
“Noll’s literature doesn’t seek to impart a lesson or demonstrate anything. Above all, it shows the poetry in the fact that no one individual is a permanence but rather many simultaneous things.” — Sergio Chejfec, author of My Two Worlds
More Praise for João Gilberto Noll
“Noll’s is a captivating voice.” — Matt Bell, author of Scrapper
“[A] nightmarish, abject, kinetic, surreal, picaresque read.… I read it and then I read it again. It’s a puzzle. I enjoyed it tremendously.” — Biblioklept
“It’s like what might have happened if Werner Herzog had written a hypnotized sequel to Peter Handke’s The Goalie’s Anxiety at the Penalty Kick.” — Brian Evenson, author of Fugue State
“Vigor, pace, immediacy…a masterwork of compression whose lid we open at our peril.” — Dustin Illingworth, 3:AM Magazine
“Much as the novel deserves its comparisons with…modernist giants, Quiet Creature on the Corner…shows Noll blazing past them into his own territory with a story for a different age.” — Cultured Vultures
“Spare and…surreal.” — Numéro Cinq