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Publisher Description

From the New York Times bestselling author of Rules of Civility, a story about a man who is ordered to spend the rest of his life inside a luxury hotel—a beautifully transporting novel. 

The mega-bestseller with more than 2 million readers, soon to be a major television series

“Perhaps the ultimate quarantine read . . . A Gentleman in Moscow is about the importance of community; the distance of a kind act; and resilience. It's a manual for getting through the days to come.” —O, The Oprah Magazine

In 1922, Count Alexander Rostov is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, and 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 entry 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.

Fiction & Literature
September 6
Penguin Publishing Group

Customer Reviews

nowayimgivingmyname ,

Slow start!

Started it then put it down. I should have given it a bit more time.
On my second try, I was hooked by page 45...so well written. It’s a great story with wonderfully developed characters.

Yeshhhhh ,

Boring. Irrelevant. Well-written but empty.

In the hundreds of historical fiction novels I’ve read, most have a captivating story where characters are placed in the middle of great historical events. This book is the antithesis of that.

Our protagonist is seemingly shielded from a period of time in Russia when there is so much happening. While the Revolution, the purges, WW2, the Cold War are all happening we are trapped with an out of touch man doing unimportant things in an unimportant place with unimportant people.

If your interest is how to be a good waiter in 1930’s USSR then this book is for you. If you’d like a story that means something, I’d look elsewhere.

russ kram ,


Great story,but very long with much artful ,creative dialogue that was unnecessary.

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