The Gambler (Paperback)

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In this dark and compelling short novel, Fyodor Dostoevsky tells the story of Alexey Ivanovitch, a young tutor working in the household of an imperious Russian general. Alexey tries to break through the wall of the established order in Russia, but instead becomes mired in the endless downward spiral of betting and loss. His intense and inescapable addiction is accentuated by his affair with the General's cruel yet seductive niece, Polina. In "The Gambler," Dostoevsky reaches the heights of drama with this stunning psychological portrait.

About the Author

Fyodor Dostoyevsky was a Russian novelist, short story writer and essayist whose literary works explored human psychology in the troubled political, social, and spiritual context of nineteenth-century Russia. A student of the Nikolayev Military Engineering Institute, Dostoyevsky initially worked as an engineer, but began translating books to earn extra money. The publication of his first novel, Poor Folk, allowed him to join St. Petersburg s literary circles. A prolific writer, Dostoyevsky is best known for work from the latter part of his career, including the classic novels Crime and Punishment, The Idiot and The Brothers Karamazov. Dostoyevsky s influence extends to authors as diverse as Anton Chekhov, James Joyce, Ernest Hemingway, and Jean-Paul Sartre, among many others. He died in 1881.

Nikolai Gogol (1809-1852) was a novelist and political satirist. The author of "Dead Souls" and "The Overcoat", he was one of Russia's greatest writers.

Praise For…

“Dostoevsky gives me more than any scientist.” —Albert Einstein

Product Details
ISBN: 9780812966930
ISBN-10: 0812966937
Publisher: Modern Library
Publication Date: April 8th, 2003
Pages: 240
Language: English
Series: Modern Library Classics (Paperback)