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Inwood NYPL Book Discussion: Amor Towles “A Gentleman in Moscow”

Join us for a lively discussion of Amor Towles novel “A Gentleman in Moscow.”  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.


On this historic night, the poet Jose Maria Alvarez, touring the United States, will be with us at Cocina Taller. Jose Maria Alvarez, better known as the author of a legendary book, “Wax Museum,” and for his translation of the complete poetry of Kavafis, but also for his novel “The Hunting of the Fox,” is, in the context of current European culture, the poet of lost, indefensible, and desolate causes of freedom. He is a cultist poet, without being academic. His cultism has more elements in common with popular culture than with the disenchanted lacking-in-taste, political correctness of university environments. Poetry, like life itself, is always elsewhere, and on the night of October 5, it will be at Cocina Taller, a great little Mediterranean corner that the artistic and entrepreneurial genius of Dario Oleaga has created in Inwood.