Ken Tucker
May 09, 2008 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Hotel Crystal

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Olivier Rolin
publisher
Dalkey Archive
genre
Fiction, ActionAdventure

We gave it an A-

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-

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