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With his breakout novel Rules of Civility—one of the best books of 2011—investor-turned-author Amor Towles established himself as a master of absorbing, sophisticated historical fiction with splendid atmosphere and a flawless command of style. Now, A Gentleman in Moscow takes us back in time once again, immersing readers in the elegantly drawn era of 1920s Russia.
Deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, Count Alexander Rostov is sentenced to house arrest in The Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin. An indomitable man of erudition and wit, he has never worked a day in his life, and now he must live sequestered in an attic room while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history are unfolding just outside the hotel’s doors. However, his reduced circumstances unexpectedly provide him a doorway into a much larger world of emotional discovery.
Amor Towles was born and raised just outside Boston, Massachusetts. He graduated from Yale University and received an MA in English from Stanford University. For many years a principal at an investment firm in Manhattan, he now devotes himself full time to writing. His first novel, Rules of Civility, published in 2011, was a New York Times bestseller in both hardcover and paperback. Towles lives in Manhattan with his wife and two children.
Mr. Towles is an ardent fan of early 20th century painting, 1950’s jazz, 1970’s cop shows, rock & roll on vinyl, manifestoes, breakfast pastries, pasta, liquor, snow-days, Tuscany, Provence, Disneyland, Hollywood, the cast of Casablanca, 007, Captain Kirk, Bob Dylan (early, mid, and late phases), the wee hours, card games, cafés, and the cookies made by both of his grandmothers.