176 pages, 8.75 × 6.35 × 0.68 in
February 2, 2015
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.
From the Publisher
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