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Publisher Description

The mega-bestseller with more than 1.5 million readers that is soon to be a major television series

One of five Summer 2019 reading picks by Bill Gates

"The novel buzzes with the energy of numerous adventures, love affairs, [and] twists of fate." —The Wall Street Journal

He can’t leave his hotel. You won’t want to.

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.

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

Terribly Disappointed Parent ,

The problem with this book was not its ending, but that it ended.

I am an avid reader and it is a rare occasion that I absolutely fall in love with a book. I am in awe of how masterfully written this novel is, incorporating history, philosophy, culture, art and cuisine into an engulfing, witty piece about a character that otherwise would be difficult to relate to. I would love to see this made into a movie, but it would be impossible to capture its wonder on the screen. I am not looking forward to having to find another book to read after this one.

Getaclewis ,

Why must great books end??

Occasionally... RARELY... you come across an author that you wish would spend every waking moment writing, writing, so the books would never run out. This is such a writer.

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Oh how I loved this book!

This is actually the first review I've ever written, despite having read 100s of books. This is a story of self discovery by the most interesting and likable of characters, and told against a backdrop of Russia in the first half of the 20th century - a time and place I knew too little about. Read it for the sheer story telling but also because you're rooting for the protagonist and can't wait to see what happens next. I loved it

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