Book 1: “1922: An Ambassador” - “An Anglican Ashore”
• A Gentleman in Moscow is a novel of historical fiction by American author Amor Towles.
• The limited-perspective, third-person narrator focuses on the experiences of Count Alexander Ilyich Rostov, a Russian aristocrat sentenced to house arrest in the Hotel Metropol in Moscow from 1922 until his escape in 1954.
• The novel is comprised of five parts with titled chapters within each of the five books as well as a preface and an afterword.
• Prior to Book 1, the author presents lines from a poem titled “Where Is It Now?” and written presumably by Count Rostov in 1913.
• Following the poem, the author presents a transcript from the “Appearance of Count Alexander Ilyich Rostov before the Emergency Committee of the People’s Commissariat for Internal Affairs.”
• In this transcript, the Count is condemned to house arrest at the Hotel Metropol, where he has previously lived for four...
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