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The Gambler

by Dostoevsky Fyodor, Fyodor Dostoyevsky

May 1, 2014 | Trade Paperback

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Alexei Ivanovich is tutor to a Russian family in a German spa town. They are bankrupt and eagerly awaiting the death of their wealthy matriarch, 'Grandmother'. Alexei falls in love twice: first, with the beautiful but impossible Polina, who goads him into placing bets for her at the local casion; and second, with the game of roulette itself. His addiction turns out to be shared by Grandmother who suddenly appears, very much alive, and willing to gamble down to her last banknote.
Under pressure from his publisher, Dostoyevsky - a gambling addict himself - wrote The Gambler (1867) in less than one month.
13 cm x 20 cm 176 page paperback.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 176 pages, 8.75 × 6.35 × 0.68 in

Published: May 1, 2014

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1848378882

ISBN - 13: 9781848378889

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Eccentric Written in the space of a month to satisfy his publisher’s demands and to pay off gambling debts, Dostoyevsky wrote about a subject that he was very intimate with: addiction to gambling. This story deals with an array of mostly mean spirited and emotionally crippled characters that are impatiently waiting for a person whom they refer to as ‘Grandmother’ to die and subsequently inherit her fortune. To their total surprise, she appears at their hotel/casino where they are staying and to their horror begins to gamble at the roulette wheel, losing large sums. Dostoyevsky’s skills in understanding human behaviour are clearly displayed in this dark but sometimes comical tale. Although not his best, this novel is worthy for anyone with an affinity for Dostoyevsky’s literature.
Date published: 2012-02-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Wish it was longer I read Crime and Punishment in high school, so this is my first attempt at Dostoyevsky without being required to read it. I had heard that Dostoyevsky had a gambling problem himself, so I expected that the both the thrills and desperation involved in that addiction would be hilighted and that the casino scenes would steal the show. While it was often hinted that protagonist Alexei Ivanovich had past issues with gambling, you never really lost yourself with him at the table. I wish that this had been a full novel instead of a short story, so we could really get to know all of the interesting characters that made up the eclectic group living at the German hotel in the 1860s.
Date published: 2011-11-25

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The Gambler

by Dostoevsky Fyodor, Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 176 pages, 8.75 × 6.35 × 0.68 in

Published: May 1, 2014

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1848378882

ISBN - 13: 9781848378889

About the Book

This is the one that Dostoevsky had to dictate in record time to avoid a return to prison for debt. Worth a look.

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Alexei Ivanovich is tutor to a Russian family in a German spa town. They are bankrupt and eagerly awaiting the death of their wealthy matriarch, 'Grandmother'. Alexei falls in love twice: first, with the beautiful but impossible Polina, who goads him into placing bets for her at the local casion; and second, with the game of roulette itself. His addiction turns out to be shared by Grandmother who suddenly appears, very much alive, and willing to gamble down to her last banknote.
Under pressure from his publisher, Dostoyevsky - a gambling addict himself - wrote The Gambler (1867) in less than one month.
13 cm x 20 cm 176 page paperback.

About the Author

One of the most powerful and significant authors in all modern fiction, Fyodor Dostoevsky was the son of a harsh and domineering army surgeon who was murdered by his own serfs (slaves), an event that was extremely important in shaping Dostoevsky's view of social and economic issues. He studied to be an engineer and began work as a draftsman. However, his first novel, Poor Folk (1846), was so well received that he abandoned engineering for writing. In 1849, Dostoevsky was arrested for being a part of a revolutionary group that owned an illegal printing press. He was sentenced to be executed, but the sentence was changed at the last minute, and he was sent to a prison camp in Siberia instead. By the time he was released in 1854, he had become a devout believer in both Christianity and Russia - although not in its ruler, the Czar. During the 1860's, Dostoevsky's personal life was in constant turmoil as the result of financial problems, a gambling addiction, and the deaths of his wife and brother. His second marriage in 1887 provided him with a stable home life and personal contentment, and during the years that followed he produced his great novels: Crime and Punishment (1886), the story of Rodya Raskolnikov, who kills two old women in the belief that he is beyond the bounds of good and evil; The Idiots (1868), the story of an epileptic who tragically affects the lives of those around him; The Possessed (1872), the story of the effect of revolutionary thought on the members of o
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