A Gentleman in Moscow

by Amor Towles

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How many years pass before Nina returns with Sophia in A Gentleman in Moscow?

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Nina informs the Count that she is leaving in 1930, eight years after the Count was first sentenced to his lifelong house-arrest in the Metropol Hotel. Nina is seventeen at this point, having been a young girl when she first met the Count at the beginning of his imprisonment. She informs him that she is going to help with the collectivization of farmland.

Nina returns another eight years later with her five-year-old daughter, Sophia. She informs the Count that her husband has been arrested and sentenced to hard labor and that she needs the Count to look after Sophia temporarily while she attempts to find a solution for the dire circumstances of her life. While the Count feels uncomfortable with the arrangement at first, the two eventually are able to bond. Despite attempts at communication, Nina is not heard from again.

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