A Gentleman in Moscow

A Gentleman in Moscow

by

Amor Towles

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Nina’s Passkey

Nina’s passkey, which allows her to access any room within the hotel, comes to represent the Count’s sense of freedom in the Metropol. Using the key, Nina is able to show him the underbelly of…

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Bread

In Russian culture, bread is an old symbol for hospitality. In the novel, however, bread takes on a larger symbolism, representing Russian tradition itself. Bread becomes particularly symbolic of the humbler traditions of the peasants…

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The Moths of Manchester

The story of the moths of Manchester is a favorite of the Count’s, and these moths are symbols of the ability to adapt to one’s circumstances. The narrator explains that the moths of Manchester…

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