Written in 2016 and set during the early days of Soviet Russia, A Gentleman in Moscow is the kind of prescient novel perfect for a second wave of Corona Virus lockdowns. It follows Count Alexander Rostov (a distant relative of the more famous Nikolai), an unrepentant aristocrat and ‘former person’, sentenced to indefinite house arrest in the Hotel Metropol. Instead of being greeted with his usual luxury suite, he is forced to take up residence in an attic room.
What follows is part Forrest Gump, and part Shawshank Redemption as The Count experiences a broad sweep of Russian history, from within the confines of the hotel. From drinking with Mayakovsky, to French lessons with menacing NKVD officers, Rostov is a charming and charismatic escape for any time you find yourself stuck at home.

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