Nightfall Hotel: A Surrealist Romeo and Juliet

Nanos Valaoritis

ISBN 978-1-935244-15-8

About the Book

A couple—locked together in a hotel room—spends their time in this claustrophobic space with games and dreams. Nanos Valaoritis wrote Nightfall Hotel (L’hôtel de la nuit qui tombe) to expand on André Breton’s liberating surrealist use of language, after he was introduced to it by his friends Odysseas Elytis and Nikos Gatsos. First staged in Paris in 1959, Nightfall Hotel confronts us with “mad love” (amour fou) and bears witness to influences ranging from Surrealism to the Theatre of the Absurd.

This volume contains the original play in French, an English translation, and a critical analysis.

“… [Valaoritis is] one of the most distinguished and enigmatic of modern Greek poets, full of Platonic wisdom. His originality of temperament is a most singular thing…”

—Lawrence Durrell, author of The Alexandria Quartet

“Valaoritis makes dialogue the center of his theatrical works. Absurdity transfigures the minds of the audience, who unwittingly become equal participants in the couple’s psycho-erotic drama.”

—Lili White, director of Another Experiment by Women Film Festival

“The magnificent writing in Nightfall Hotel guides the reader through an emotional and imagistic labyrinth.”

—Lili Bita, actress and author of Fleshfire: Love Poems