A Gentleman in Moscow
Wednesday June 7, 2017
2:00 PM until 3:30 PM
Special literary discussion of A Gentleman in Moscow, led by Aimme Pozorski, CCSU
~~“Well, where is our purpose now?”
Class and Place in A Gentleman in Moscow
Amor Towles’s 2016 novel, A Gentleman in Moscow signals its interest in the effects of place and class in its very title. Taking place in a grand hotel across from the Kremlin, and focused on a young count in 1922, the novel opens not with printed language, but with two maps—the first of Moscow, and the second of the Theatre Square. Even the poem after the title page, a poem written by the count himself, asks, as its guiding principle: Where is our purpose now?
At the time, writing poetry was considered an endeavor afforded by the ruling class, who, in this case, is not asking what the purpose (political and otherwise) may be, but rather, where. Reading this contemporary novel with a focus on class and place, this presentation will consider the particulars of the novel itself, but also question what literary representation can tell us generally about the history of a place—as well as the history of the ruling classes—in the twentieth century and beyond.
Location: Avon Library Community Room
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