The Gambler

Paperback | February 2, 2015

byFyodor Dostoyevsky

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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.

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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 i...

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 draf...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:176 pages, 8.75 × 6.35 × 0.68 inPublished:February 2, 2015Language:English

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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.
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