This week on Well Read, author Amor Towles will be speaking with hosts Elisa Jaffe and Mary Anne Gwinn about his latest novel, A Gentleman in Moscow (2016), released September 6. Here, Towles trades in the 1930s New York backdrop of his first bestseller, Rules of Civility (2011), for 1920s Moscow, where Count Alexander Ilyich Rostov has been sentenced to a life under house arrest in the Metropol Hotel. As Booklist reviewer Margaret Flanagan writes, this is “an imaginative and unforgettable historical portrait.” In the video clip above, Towles reads from the novel’s opening pages. “At half past six, on the 21st of June, 1922, when Count Alexander Ilyich Rostov was escorted through the gates of the Kremlin onto Red Square, it was glorious and cool,” he begins.
To watch his full conversation with Jaffe and Gwinn, check your public television affiliate’s schedule and World Channel beginning this Friday, October 21.
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