A film actress and a lover of the Count’s. When the two meet in 1923, Anna is at the height of fame, having starred in several popular films. She initially makes a poor impression on the Count, but she invites him to dinner and quickly seduces him. Over the course of the novel, Anna has some major setbacks in her career when people start to see that most of her films celebrate old values of individualism and contain a lot of nostalgia for princes and princesses. Anna loses most of her possessions and her home, but she persists. Gradually, she is able to get small parts, often as a working woman who asks others to push on for the common good. This relaunches her film career until she gradually makes the transition to theater, demonstrating her ability to adapt to the attitudes of the time. Throughout this tumultuous period, Anna keeps up her romance with the Count whenever she visits the Metropol. The two take comfort in confiding in each other about the hardships they are experiencing in life, and their bond becomes deeper and more loving. Like other characters such as Mishka, Nina, and Sofia, Anna takes on a role that is more familial than friendly. When the Count escapes the hotel, he goes to see Anna, implying the immense value of their relationship to him.
Anna Urbanova Quotes in A Gentleman in Moscow
The A Gentleman in Moscow quotes below are all either spoken by Anna Urbanova or refer to Anna Urbanova. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one: Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Random House edition of A Gentleman in Moscow published in 2016.).
Anna Urbanova Character Timeline in A Gentleman in Moscow
The timeline below shows where the character Anna Urbanova appears in A Gentleman in Moscow. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Book 2, 1923, An Actress, an Apparition, an Apiary
Book 2, Addendum
Book 2, 1924, Anonymity
Book 3, Arachne’s Art
Book 3, An Afternoon Assignation
Book 3, Absinthe
Book 3, Ascending, Alighting
Book 4, 1952, America
Book 4, 1953, Apostles and Apostates
...Count on this development, which makes him want to strangle the man. At that moment, Anna enters through the closet, surprising the men. Anna asks if Frinovsky knows comrade Nachevko (the... (full context)
Book 5, Adulthood
Book 5, An Announcement
...impressive demonstration of political power, a few of Moscow’s citizens are inconvenienced by this outage. Anna and her fellow actors performing The Seagull improvise when the lights go out. Two waiters... (full context)
Book 5, Anecdotes
Book 5, Apotheosis
Afterword, And Anon