Ein Gentleman in Moskau: Roman

Ullstein Buchverlage
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Moskau, 1922. Der genussfreudige Lebemann Graf Rostov wird verhaftet und zu lebenslangem Hausarrest verurteilt, ausgerechnet im Hotel Metropol, dem ersten Haus am Platz. Er muss alle bisher genossenen Privilegien aufgeben und eine Arbeit als Hilfskellner annehmen. Rostov mit seinen 30 Jahren ist ein äußerst liebenswürdiger, immer optimistischer Gentleman. Trotz seiner eingeschränkten Umstände lebt er ganz seine Überzeugung, dass selbst kleine gute Taten einer chaotischen Welt Sinn verleihen. Aber ihm bleibt nur der Blick aus dem Fenster, während draußen Russland stürmische Dekaden durchlebt. Seine Stunde kommt, als eine alte Freundin ihm ihre kleine Tochter anvertraut. Das Kind ändert Rostovs Leben von Grund auf. Für das Mädchen und sein Leben wächst der Graf über sich hinaus.

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Amor Towles hat in Yale und Stanford studiert. Sein Debüt „Eine Frage der Höflichkeit“ war in den USA auf Anhieb ein Bestseller und hat auch bei uns viele begeisterte Leser gefunden. Er lebt mit seiner Frau und seinen beiden Kindern in Manhattan. Susanne Höbel, seit über fünfundzwanzig Jahren Literaturübersetzerin, übertrug Autoren wie Nadine Gordimer, John Updike, William Faulkner, Thomas Wolfe und Graham Swift ins Deutsche. Sie lebt in Südengland.
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Publisher
Ullstein Buchverlage
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Published on
Sep 8, 2017
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Pages
560
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ISBN
9783843716192
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Language
German
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Genres
Fiction / Coming of Age
Fiction / General
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“The book is like a salve. I think the world feels disordered right now. The count’s refinement and genteel nature are exactly what we’re longing for.” —Ann Patchett

“How delightful that in an era as crude as ours this finely composed novel stretches out with old-World elegance.” —The Washington Post

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.

Soon to be a major television series starring five-time Academy Award® nominee Kenneth Branagh.

“And the intrigue! . . . [A Gentleman in Moscow] is laced with sparkling threads (they will tie up) and tokens (they will matter): special keys, secret compartments, gold coins, vials of coveted liquid, old-fashioned pistols, duels and scars, hidden assignations (discreet and smoky), stolen passports, a ruby necklace, mysterious letters on elegant hotel stationery . . . a luscious stage set, backdrop for a downright Casablanca-like drama.” —The San Francisco Chronicle
 Livro que permaneceu por quase um ano na lista de best-sellers do New York Times, com mais de um milhão de exemplares vendidos, apresenta com humor e leveza um elogio aos valores e tradições deixados para trás pelo avanço da história.

 

Aleksandr Ilitch Rostov, "O Conde", é condenado por um tribunal bolchevique à prisão domiciliar no sótão do hotel Metropol, lugar associado ao luxo e sofisticação da antiga aristocracia de Moscou. Mesmo após as transformações políticas que alteraram para sempre a Rússia no início do século XX, o hotel conseguiu se manter como o destino predileto de estrelas de cinema, aristocratas, militares, diplomatas, bons-vivants e jornalistas, além de ser um importante palco de disputas que marcariam a história mundial.

Mudanças, contudo, não paravam de entrar pelo saguão do hotel, criando um desequilíbrio cada vez maior entre os velhos costumes e o mundo exterior. Graças à personalidade cativante e otimista do Conde,  aliada à gentileza típica de suas origens, ele soube lidar com a sua nova condição. Diante do risco crescente de se tornar um monumento ao passado até ser definitivamente esquecido, o Conde passa a integrar a equipe do hotel e a aprofundar laços com aqueles que vivem ao seu redor.

Com sua perspectiva única de prisioneiro de duas realidades distintas, o Conde apresenta ao leitor sua sabedoria e sensibilidade ao abandonar certos hábitos e se abrir para as incertezas de novos tempos que, mesmo com a capacidade de transformar a vida como a conhecemos, nunca conseguirão acabar com a nobreza de um verdadeiro cavalheiro.
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