모스크바의 신사 - A Gentleman in Moscow

모스크바의 신사
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초판 표지
저자 Amor Towles
읽은 오디오 니콜라스 가이 스미스
국가 미국
언어 영어
유형 역사 소설
설정 모스크바 동안 스탈린 시대
발행자 바이킹
발행일
2016 년 9 월 6 일
미디어 유형 인쇄 (양장본 및 문고판)
페이지 462
ISBN 978-0-670-02619-7 (hardcover)
813/.6
LC Class PS3620.O945 G46 2016

A Gentleman in Moscow is a 2016 novel by Amor Towles. It is his second novel, published five years after his New York Times best seller, Rules of Civility (2011).

Background

The protagonist is fictional Count Alexander Ilyich Rostov, born in Saint Petersburg, Russia on 24 October 1889. He was raised on his Rostov family's estate "Idlehour" in Nizhny Novgorod. Rostov's godfather was his father's comrade in the cavalry, Grand Duke Demidov. When the Count's parents died of cholera within hours of each other in 1900, Grand Duke Demidov became the 11-year-old's guardian. Demidov counseled him to be strong for his sister Helena, because "...adversity presents itself in many forms, and if a man does not master his circumstances, then he is bound to be mastered by them."[1] The Rostov siblings are aristocrats, making social visits to nearby estates by horse-drawn troika or sleigh.

헬레나의 구혼자하는 부상에 대한 그의 할머니에 의해 (당시의 규례로) 젊은 시절, 백작은 나라 밖으로 전송 된 CAD 그녀의 마음을 아프게. 1917 년 볼셰비키 혁명 이후 파리 에서 귀국하자 백작은 체포되었다.

영감과 음모

소설에 대한 Towles의 영감은 특히 고급 호텔에서 자신의 경험 체재,에있는 호텔이었다 제네바 , 스위스 일부 손님이 영주권자했다. 그는 고급 호텔에 대한 아이디어와 러시아의 오랜 역사 전통 가택 연금에 대한 지식을 결합했습니다. [2]

재판

백작은 볼셰비키 법정에서 유죄 판결을 받고 총에 맞을 것이라는 기대와 함께 사회적 기생충으로 기소됩니다. 그는 회개하지 않고 설득력있게 고백하기를 거부합니다. 그에게 귀속 된 혁명적 인시 때문에 백작님은 사형을 선고 받았습니다. 대신 그는 현재 거주지 인 모스크바 중심부의 호텔 메트로 폴에서 종신형으로 가택 연금을 당합니다.

호텔

A military guard escorts the Count back to the Hotel Metropol Moscow, where he is ordered to vacate his luxurious suite and move to the cramped servant's quarters on the sixth floor. While working as a hotel waiter, the Count cultivates a social circle of friends from his youth as well as selected residents, staff, and customers of the Hotel and its restaurants. These include a one-eyed cat, a young girl, a seamstress, a French chef, a maître d'hotel and former circus juggler, a poet, an actress, an underemployed architect, an orchestra conductor, a prince, a former Red Army colonel, and an aide-de-camp of an American general.[3]

Due to his diminished circumstances and restricted freedom, the Count has time for self-reflection. He is a brilliant conversationalist, readily discussing diverse subjects such as evolution, philosophy, Impressionism, Russian writers and poetry, food, post-revolutionary Russian society, and Russia's contributions to the world.

An early acquaintance at the hotel is nine-year-old Nina Kulikova, the daughter of a widowed Ukrainian bureaucrat who is fascinated by princesses.

Sofia

In 1938, an unexpected arrival changes the Count's circumstances. Nina Kulikova, now a married woman, visits the Count. She confides that her husband Leo was arrested and sentenced to five years of forced labor by the Gulag. Nina decides to follow her husband to Sevvostlag in Kolyma, a remote region of the Soviet Union bounded by the East Siberian Sea and the Arctic Ocean. She begs the Count to accept temporary custody of her young daughter Sofia, while she makes arrangements for the child to join her in Siberia to be near her father. This is the last time the Count sees Nina, so at the age of 49, he becomes Sofia's surrogate father.

Sofia is a quiet, highly intelligent child. Her potential manifests itself during games of hide-and-seek that she wins in record time.

Later, Sofia takes piano lessons. She surprises the Count by playing a Chopin nocturne (Opus 9, number 2, in E-flat major) after only a few lessons. It is clear to both the piano teacher and the Count that Sofia is a musical prodigy.

Analysis

Towles's approach in A Gentleman in Moscow was described as a "gorgeous sleight of hand" by The New York Times. "What saves the book is the gorgeous sleight of hand that draws it to a satisfying end, and the way he chooses themes that run deeper than mere sociopolitical commentary: parental duty, friendship, romance, the call of home. Human beings, after all, 'deserve not only our consideration but our reconsideration' — even those from the leisured class. Who will save Rostov from the intrusions of the state if not the seamstresses, chefs, bartenders, and doormen? In the end, Towles's greatest narrative effect is not the moments of wonder and synchronicity but the free transformation of these peripheral workers, over decades, into confidants, equals, and, finally, friends. With them around, a life sentence in these gilded halls might make Rostov the luckiest man in Russia."[3]

Reception

Kirkus Reviews found the book to be "a great novel, a nonstop pleasure brimming with charm, personal wisdom, and philosophic insight. This book more than fulfills the promise of Towles' stylish debut, Rules of Civility."[4] NPR opined that "A Gentleman in Moscow is a novel that aims to charm ... and the result is winning, stylish ... Flair is always the goal — Towles never lets anyone merely say goodbye when they could bid adieu, never puts a period where an exclamation point or dramatic ellipsis could stand."[5] At Book Marks, a review aggregator website, the novel received a cumulative "Positive" rating based on 11 reviews: 3 "Rave", 5 "Positive", and 3 "Mixed".[6]

A Gentleman in Moscow was a finalist for the 2016 Kirkus Prize in Fiction & Literature.[7] It was also an International Dublin Literary Award nominee (2018 longlist).[8]

The audiobook, narrated by Nicholas Guy Smith,[9] was an AudioFile Magazine Earphones Award winner in 2016.[10]

Bill Gates wrote a favourable review.[11]

Adaptation

It has been reported that Kenneth Branagh will star as Count Rostov in a tv series to be produced by Entertainment One.[12]

References

  1. ^ A Gentleman in Moscow (2016), p18.
  2. ^ Neary, Lynn (2016-09-06). "Idea For 'Gentleman In Moscow' Came From Many Nights In Luxury Hotels". NPR.
  3. ^ a b Craig Taylor (2016-09-23). "A Count Becomes a Waiter in a Novel of Soviet Supremacy". The New York Times. Retrieved 17 June 2019.
  4. ^ Kirkus Reviews (21 June 2016). "A Gentleman In Moscow". Kirkus Reviews Online. Retrieved 17 June 2019.
  5. ^ Annalisa Quinn (2016-09-03). "'A Gentleman In Moscow' Is A Grand Hotel Adventure". npr.org. Retrieved 2019-06-30.
  6. ^ "Book Marks reviews of A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles". Book Marks. Retrieved May 7, 2020.
  7. ^ Kirkus Reviews. "2016 Winners". Kirkus Reviews Online Online. Retrieved 17 June 2019.
  8. ^ Dublin Literary Award. "The Nominees". International Dublin Literary Award. Retrieved 17 June 2019.
  9. ^ Rubins, Jennifer (27 March 2019). "A Gentleman in the Audiobook Studio: Nicholas Guy Smith on Narrating A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles". Penguin Random House Audio. Retrieved 29 September 2020.
  10. ^ "A GENTLEMAN IN MOSCOW by Amor Towles Read by Nicholas Guy Smith | Audiobook Review". AudioFile Magazine. Retrieved 2020-05-21.
  11. ^ Gates, Bill. "A Gentleman in Moscow has a little bit of everything". Retrieved 23 November 2020.
  12. ^ Lin, Jennifer Marie. "A Gentleman in Moscow TV Series: What We Know". Retrieved 23 November 2020.

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