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A Gentleman in Moscow

Written by Amor Towles
Fiction

On the twenty-first of June, 1922, Count Alexander Ilyich Rostov, recipient of the Order of Saint Andrew, member of the Jockey Club, Master of the Hunt, and, more crucially, author of the poem Where Is It Now, is spared, because of that poem, a summary execution, and is instead sentenced to house arrest at the Hotel Metropol in Moscow. Thus begins this jewel of a novel which spans decades of the Count's life confined to the microcosm of the Metropol, a grand hotel in a land undergoing enormous change.

Characters come and go, and come again, and Count Rostov remains an evolving fixture of the Metropol through it all. The events of 20th century Russia inform the narrative, but the hotel and its occupants are the heart of the story. Sweeping, and yet intimate, this novel's short chapters will draw you in to the world the Metropol and Count Rostov.


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