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About the book
At BookExpo America in May, A Gentleman in Moscow was touted as one of the most buzzed-about galleys by New York Magazine’s Vulture. Pre-publication praise and excitement has only grown as Towles’ imaginative, charming, and memorable tale of a Russian aristocrat who has been sentenced house arrest for life in a luxury hotel near the Kremlin by the Bolsheviks has been named one of the fall’s most anticipated books by The Washington Post, Esquire, Vanity Fair, and Harper’s Bazaar. Booksellers have also embraced the novel as an Indie Next Pick for September.
A big novel that embodies the grandiloquent style and spirit of Russia’s Golden Age of literature, A Gentleman in Moscow is a captivating story of personal and emotional discovery. In Rules of Civility, Towles marvelously evoked literary touchstones like F. Scott Fitzgerald and Edith Wharton, bringing late 1930s Manhattan to life with splendid atmosphere and a flawless command of style. Here, he again immerses us in another bygone era with the story of Count Alexander Rostov. In 1922, on the heels of the Russian Revolution, Count Alexander Rostov is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal and sentenced to permanent house arrest in Moscow’s grand Hotel Metropol, where nearly the entire novel takes place. In something of a literary feat, as the Count’s story progresses over three decades, the walls of the Metropol seem to expand, rather than close in around you.