A Gentleman in Moscow
From the New York Times bestselling author of Rules of Civility—a transporting novel about a man who is ordered to spend the rest of his life inside a luxury hotel
With his breakout debut novel, Rules of Civility, Amor Towles established himself as a master of absorbing, sophisticated fiction, bringing late 1930s Manhattan to life with splendid atmosphere and a flawless command of style.

A Gentleman in Moscow
immerses us in another elegantly drawn era with the story of Count Alexander Rostov. When, in 1922, he is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, the count is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin. Rostov, an indomitable man of erudition and wit, has never worked a day in his life, and must now live in an attic room while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history are unfolding outside the hotel’s doors. Unexpectedly, his reduced circumstances provide him a doorway into a much larger world of emotional discovery.

Brimming with humor, a glittering cast of characters, and one beautifully rendered scene after another, this singular novel casts a spell as it relates the count’s endeavor to gain a deeper understanding of what it means to be a man of purpose.

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  • Larry Hoffer
    Dec 13, 2016

    Larry Hoffer

    This really was a special book, one which at times felt almost magical.Count Alexander Rostov was always a man who enjoyed the finer things in life. He was always nattily dressed, participating in intelligent conversation, enjoying fine food and drink, and the company of erudite and be...

  • Candi
    Dec 13, 2016


    "… the Count hadn’t the temperament for revenge; he hadn’t the imagination for epics; and he certainly hadn’t the fanciful ego to dream of empires restored. No. His model for mastering his circumstances would be a different sort of captive altogether: an Anglican wa...

  • Barbara
    Dec 13, 2016


    Count Alexander Ilyich Rostov is sentenced to “house arrest”by the Bolsheviks in 1922 in the Metropole Hotel where he lives. He may never leave the hotel under penalty of death, and finds himself exiled to a small attic room. He spends over 3 decades in the hotel until 1954.A...

  • Maureen
    Dec 6, 2016


    Just across the square from the Kremlin, is the Metropol Hotel, where Count Alexander Ilyich Rostov has a suite of rooms, but in 1922 he is sentenced to house arrest in that very hotel, and banished to a small attic room. His crime? He was found guilty of being the author of seditious ...

  • Elyse
    Nov 24, 2016


    Tears were streaming down my face the last several pages. Turning each page slower - and slower - breathless - filled with gratitude- overwhelmed by what this rare book offers and then delivering a wonderful satisfying ending......to the already - rich- wonderful-absolutely marvelous n...

  • Agnieszka
    Nov 22, 2016


    I liked A Gentleman in Moscow very much so don’t get me wrong when I am going to say that it’s not a great novel . But mind you , I'm not saying that as an objection , by this I only mean that it's not any eye-opener to me ; there are neither revealing facts nor revolutiona...

  • Cody
    Nov 19, 2016


    As several reviewers have already mentioned, "A Gentleman in Moscow" benefits from an abundance of memorable characters. The Count, Emile, Andrey, Anna, Mishka, Sofia, all have profound moments that make the reader pause to appreciate their words. The narrative is slightly unusual as w...

  • Margitte
    Nov 7, 2016


    A gentleman in Moscow. An honorable man. Born to be served, destined to serve. 1922. RUSSIAThere was so much to celebrate. The Russo-Japanese War ended in 1905; the next seventeen years saw the country suffer through a world war, a civil war, two famines, and the so-called Red Terror....

  • Jeffrey Keeten
    Nov 4, 2016

    Jeffrey Keeten

    Vyshinsky: Why did you write the poem?Rosov: It demanded to be written. I simply happened to be sitting at the particular desk on the particular morning when it chose to make its demands.Vyshinksy: And where was that exactly?Rostov: In the south parlor at Idlehour.Vyshinksy: Idlehour?R...

  • Lori
    Nov 1, 2016


    Perfectly delightful! Throughout this I kept thinking about the story Eloise at the Plaza... this is like hearing the story told from the Grandmothers perspective. Alexander is an endearing character that I will not forget and is one of those fictional characters I'd love to meet. Towl...