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Monday, February 19 • 6:00 pm – Meets in the Armstrong Conference Room –
Sentenced as an incorrigible aristocrat in 1922 by the Bolsheviks to a life of house arrest in Moscow’s grand Metropol Hotel, Count Alexander Ilyich Rostov is spared the firing squad but confined for decades within the walls of the Metropol. As he carves out a new existence for himself in his shabby attic room and inside the hotel-at-large, his conduct, his resolve, and his commitment to his home and to the hotel guests and staff form a triumph of the human spirit. In Amor Towles’ empathetic and entertaining novel, Count Rostov’s long transformation occurs against a background of upheaval, repression, and war.