Two Lines Press

The João Gilberto Noll Collection

What is a life without the singular reading experience of João Gilberto Noll, a writer who Jenny Offill (Weather) calls “a hero of Brazilian literature” and Literary Hub calls “a master of prose”? Personally, we don’t care to find out. Broadly concerned with identity, refugeedom, and the artistic life, these four novels create hallucinogenic portraits of individuals seeking freedom, movement, and escape.

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  • Harmada

    By João Gilberto Noll
    Translated from Portuguese by Edgar Garbelotto

    Like an Edenic Adam birthed from the clay, our narrator rises to his feet from the muck—reborn, or something like that. Unbeknownst to him, he’s on a desperate search for Harmada, the capital city of an unnamed nation and the land of his former glory. Told using Noll’s characteristic fragmented logic and spirited prose, Harmada traces the life of this nameless man on a voyage that takes him from aimless outcast to revered director of avant-garde theater, from asylum patient to father to God, conjuring along the way essential questions about the power of art and storytelling, the vanity of glory, and the meaning of freedom.

    A mythic tale of art and displacement nimbly translated from Portuguese by Edgar Garbelotto, Harmada serves as yet another reminder of João Gilberto Noll’s sublime literary power: generous in its mystery; earthbound in its essential urges; and entirely unpredictable.

  • Lord

    By João Gilberto Noll
    Translated from Portuguese by Edgar Garbelotto

    A novel about the unsettling space between identities, and a disturbing portrait of dementia from the inside out, Lord constructs an altogether original story out of the ways we search for new versions of ourselves. With jaw-dropping scenes and sensual, at times grotesque images, renowned Brazilian author João Gilberto Noll grants us stunning new visions of our own personalities and the profound transformations that overtake us throughout life.

  • Atlantic Hotel

    By João Gilberto Noll
    Translated from Portuguese by Adam Morris

    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.

  • Quiet Creature on the Corner

    By João Gilberto Noll
    Translated from Portuguese by Adam Morris

    Ranked alongside leading Latin American writers like César Aira and Mario Bellatín—and deeply influenced by Clarice Lispector—João Gilberto Noll is esteemed as one of Brazil’s living legends. Quiet Creature on the Corner marks Noll’s U.S. debut.

Praise

“Noll is a hero of Brazilian literature who deserves to be widely known in the English-speaking world.” —Jenny Offill, author of Weather

“Noll is a master of prose, one of Brazil’s true literary icons.” —Literary Hub

“João Gilberto Noll could make any life into a compelling novel.” —Music & Literature

“Noll’s book are wild, violent, and fast-moving.”—Los Angeles Review of Books

“One of the most celebrated writers in contemporary Brazilian literature.” —Guernica

“This is unsettling fiction in the best way.” —The Culture Trip