"From the author of Eileen, this collection of short stories address themes of alienation, longing, and love. I won't lie to you - this collection is dark. The characters are often physically unattractive, emotionally stuck, and desire to be somewhere else... yet - like Eileen - I couldn't put it down." -Tom
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.
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