A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

Count Alexander Rostov, in 1922 is declared a non-person in a Soviet court and is sentenced to house arrest for the remainder of his life. His home is the Hotel Metropol, across the street from the Kremlin. The Count begins his imprisonment as a guest, then segues into becoming a member of the staff of the luxurious hotel. During the years Alexander lives there, he encounters many memorable people who come in and out of his life, sometimes in surprising ways. The novel is a social and political history of the Soviet Union, without the description of the terror so many books of that era (1920-1955) tell of, since it skips lightly over the Stalin era. The Count always remains a gentleman.