A story that's evocative and sad and with a remarkable heroine * Image magazine * This is a heart-wr
"[A] supremely uplifting novel ... It's elegant, witty and delightful - much like the Count himself." * Mail on Sunday, Books of the Year * "A comic masterpiece . . . very funny, tender and as laughably accurate an account of the dismal nature of life in Soviet Russia as one could hope for . . . Quite apart from the ingeniously ludicrous plot and the acutely drawn characters, what adds to the joy of this book is the precision of Towles' style. Again and again he conveys exactly the right impression with a deliciously surprising choice of words . . . a sheer delight." -- William Hartson * Daily Express * "A work of great charm, intelligence and insight." -- Nick Rennison * Sunday Times * "No historical novel was more witty, insightful and original" * Sunday Times, Culture Magazine.