A Gentleman in Moscow (Paperback)

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A Russian aristocrat, living under Bolshevik rule, is on trial for subversive writings and is sentenced to live out his life under house arrest.  Moving from a luxurious apartment in Moscow's Hotel Metropol, Count Alexander Rostov is forced to live in a 100 sq foot attic room of the hotel, knowing that if he leaves the building he will be shot. Over the next 30 years, as Rostov moves within the confines of the hotel, he encounters a vibrant cast of characters, that will lead him to live a more expansive life than he could have imagined despite his reduced circumstances. Richly atmospheric, masterfully plotted and elegantly written, this is a story to be savored! It was my favorite book of 2016!

— Jane Glaser

September 2016 Indie Next List


“Through Count Alexander Ilyich Rostov's ordinary encounters and activities within the bounds of the four walls of post-revolutionary Moscow's Metropol Hotel, where he is under house arrest, Towles deftly guides readers across a century of Russian history, from the Bolshevik uprising to the dawn of the nuclear age under Krushchev. Grandiloquent language and drama reminiscent of Tolstoy gradually give way to action and tradecraft suggestive of le Carre in this lovely and entertaining tale of one man's determination to maintain his dignity and passion for life, even after being stripped of his title, belongings, and freedom. Reading A Gentleman in Moscow is pure pleasure!”
— Becky Dayton, The Vermont Book Shop, Middlebury, VT

Product Details
ISBN: 9789864893645
ISBN-10: 9864893645
Publisher: Man You Zhe Wen Hua
Publication Date: October 4th, 2019
Language: Chinese