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    Un gentleman à Moscou

    Amor Towles

    • Fayard
    • 22 Août 2018

    Au début des années 1920, le comte Alexandre Illitch Rostov, aristocrate impénitent, est condamné par un tribunal bolchévique à vivre en résidence surveillée dans le luxueux hôtel Metropol de Moscou, où le comte a ses habitudes, à quelques encablures du Kremlin. Acceptant joyeusement son sort, le comte Rostov hante les couloirs, salons feutrés, restaurants et salles de réception de l'hôtel, et noue des liens avec le personnel de sa prison dorée   - officiant bientôt comme serveur au prestigieux restaurant Boyarski -, des diplomates étrangers de passage - dont le comte sait obtenir les confidences à force de charme, d'esprit, et de vodka -, une belle actrice inaccessible - ou presque ­-, et côtoie les nouveaux maîtres de la Russie. Mais, plus que toute autre, c'est sa rencontre avec Nina, une fillette de neuf ans, qui bouleverse le cours de sa vie bien réglée au Metropol.
    Trois décennies durant, le comte vit nombre d'aventures retranché derrière les grandes baies vitrées du Metropol, microcosme où se rejouent les bouleversements la Russie soviétique. 
    Traduit de l'anglais (États-Unis) par Nathalie Cunnington

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  • Véritable phénomène d´édition aux États-Unis, le premier roman d´Amor Towles est un vibrant hommage au New York flamboyant de la fin des années 30, où les hommes avaient la mélancolie des héros de Fitzgerald et les femmes l´esprit des héroïnes de George Cukor.  Dactylo dans un grand cabinet juridique de Wall Street, Katey Kontent dissimule soigneusement ses origines. Intelligence mordante, nerfs d´acier, ambition, cette fille d´immigrés russes de Brooklyn s´est fixé comme objectif de rejoindre un jour les cercles dorés de Manhattan. Et l´aristocratique et séduisant banquier Tinker Grey, rencontré un soir de réveillon, va indirectement lui en ouvrir les portes avant de disparaître.  Plus tard, le hasard remettra Tinker sur le chemin d´une Katey qui n´ignore alors plus rien des impitoyables règles du jeu.  « Un premier roman époustouflant, une voix qui tient de Francis Scott Fitzgerald et de Truman Capote mais a su trouver son identité » Publishers Weekly

  • In a jazz bar on the last night of 1937, watching a quartet because she couldn't afford to see the whole ensemble, there were certain things Katey Kontent knew: the location of every old church in Manhattan how to sneak into the cinema how to type eighty words a minute, five thousand an hour, and nine million a year and that if you can still lose yourself in the first chapter of a Dickens novel then everything is probably going to be fine. By the end of the year she'd learned: how to launch a paper airplane high over Park Avenue how to live like a redhead how to insist upon the very best that the word 'yes' can be a poison and the Rules of Civility. That's how quickly New York City comes about - like a weathervane - or the head of a cobra. Time tells which.

  • Near the end of Amor Towles's bestselling novel RULES OF CIVILITY, the fiercely independent Evelyn Ross boards a train from New York to Chicago to visit her parents, but never disembarks. Six months later, she appears in a photograph in a gossip magazine

  • A New York Times bestseller Chosen as a best book of the year by NPR, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, The San Francisco Chronicle, and The Philadelphia Inquirer “The same gorgeous, layered richness that marked Towles’ debut, Rules of Civility, shapes [A Gentleman in Moscow]” –Entertainment Weekly “’The Grand Budapest Hotel’ and ‘Eloise’ meets all the Bond villains.” –TheSkimm “Irresistible. . .[an] elegant period piece. . .as lavishly filigreed as a Faberge egg.” –O, the Oprah Magazine He can’t leave his hotel. You won’t want to. From the New York Times bestselling author of Rules of Civility--a transporting novel about a man who is ordered to spend the rest of his life inside a luxury hotel 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. “And the intrigue! … [A Gentleman in Moscow] is laced with sparkling threads (they will tie up) and tokens (they will matter): special keys, secret compartments, gold coins, vials of coveted liquid, old-fashioned pistols, duels and scars, hidden assignations (discreet and smoky), stolen passports, a ruby necklace, mysterious letters on elegant hotel stationery… a luscious stage set, backdrop for a downright Casablanca-like drama.” –The San Francisco Chronicle

  • NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER'Winning . . . gorgeous . . . satisfying . . . Towles is a craftsman.' New York Times Book Review'Inventive and charming' You magazineOn 21 June 1922 Count Alexander Rostov - recipient of the Order of Saint Andrew, member of the Jockey Club, Master of the Hunt - is escorted out of the Kremlin, across Red Square and through the elegant revolving doors of the Hotel Metropol.But instead of being taken to his usual suite, he is led to an attic room with a window the size of a chessboard. Deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, the Count has been sentenced to house arrest indefinitely. While Russia undergoes decades of tumultuous upheaval, the Count, stripped of the trappings that defined his life, is forced to question what makes us who we are. And with the assistance of a glamorous actress, a cantankerous chef and a very serious child, Rostov unexpectedly discovers a new understanding of both pleasure and purpose.

  • Anglais Rules of Civility

    Towles Amor

    The New York Times bestselling novel that "enchants on first reading and only improves on the second" (The Philadelphia Inquirer)
    This sophisticated and entertaining first novel presents the story of a young woman whose life is on the brink of transformation. On the last night of 1937, twenty-five-year-old Katey Kontent is in a second-rate Greenwich Village jazz bar when Tinker Grey, a handsome banker, happens to sit down at the neighboring table. This chance encounter and its startling consequences propel Katey on a year-long journey into the upper echelons of New York society--where she will have little to rely upon other than a bracing wit and her own brand of cool nerve. With its sparkling depiction of New York’s social strata, its intricate imagery and themes, and its immensely appealing characters, Rules of Civility won the hearts of readers and critics alike.