A Gentleman in Moscow
From the New York Times bestselling author of Rules of Civility.
'Everything a novel should be: charming, witty, poetic and generous. An absolute delight' Mail on Sunday
'A work of great charm, intelligence and insight' Sunday Times
'Winning . . . gorgeous . . . satisfying . . . Towles is a craftsman' New York Times Book Review
'A comic masterpiece' Daily Express
'If we do a better book than this one on the book club this year we will be very very lucky' Matt Williams, Radio 2 Book Club
'Abundant in humour, history and humanity' Sunday Telegraph
'Wistful, whimsical and wry' Sunday Express
On 21 June 1922 Count Alexander Rostov - recipient of the Order of Saint Andrew, member of the Jockey Club, Master of the Hunt - is escorted out of the Kremlin, across Red Square and through the elegant revolving doors of the Hotel Metropol.
But instead of being taken to his usual suite, he is led to an attic room with a window the size of a chessboard. Deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, the Count has been sentenced to house arrest indefinitely.
While Russia undergoes decades of tumultuous upheaval, the Count, stripped of the trappings that defined his life, is forced to question what makes us who we are. And with the assistance of a glamorous actress, a cantankerous chef and a very serious child, Rostov unexpectedly discovers a new understanding of both pleasure and purpose.
"A comic masterpiece . . . very funny, tender and as laughably accurate an account of the dismal nature of life in Soviet Russia as one could hope for . . . Quite apart from the ingeniously ludicrous plot and the acutely drawn characters, what adds to the joy of this book is the precision of Towles' style. Again and again he conveys exactly the right impression with a deliciously surprising choice of words . . . a sheer delight." -- William Hartson * Daily Express * "A work of great charm, intelligence and insight." -- Nick Rennison * Sunday Times * "No historical novel was more witty, insightful and original" * Sunday Times, Culture Magazine * "Elegant sentences, wonderful characters and inventive storytelling . . . This is everything a novel should be: charming, witty, poetic and generous. An absolute delight." * Mail on Sunday * "I think the world feels so disordered right now. The count's refinement and genteel nature are exactly what we're longing for. His world was also in shambles but he maintained his grace and humor." -- Ann Patchett
Amor Towles was born and raised in the Boston area. He graduated from Yale University and received an MA in English from Stanford University. An investment professional for over twenty years, he now devotes himself full time to writing. Towles lives in Manhattan with his wife and two children.