Category Archives: Towles (Amor)

Russian Lit and Moscow’s Gentleman

Towles’s “Gentleman in Moscow” is filled with allusions to Russian poets and fiction writers.

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Reading Montaigne While Confined

In “Gentleman in Moscow,” the count turns to “Robinson Crusoe” to figure out how to survive. Reading Montaigne is a mixed bag.

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