The Gambler

The Gambler

eBook - 2013
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The Gambler is a novel by Fyodor Dostoevsky about a young tutor in the employment of a formerly wealthy Russian General. The novella reflects Dostoevsky's own addiction to roulette, which was in more ways than one the inspiration for the book: Dostoevsky completed the novella under a strict deadline so he could pay off gambling debts.
Publisher: [United States] : Start Publishing LLC : Made available through hoopla, 2013
ISBN: 9781625582584
Branch Call Number: eBook hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: hoopla digital


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Mar 12, 2016

The story behind Dostoevsky writing The Gambler has almost overshadowed the novella itself, which is a shame. This delightful book provides plenty of humor while exploring themes of love and addiction, as well as exploring what is different about the Russian character (at least as Dostoevsky viewed it).

The last topic may not be of interest today, but I think Dostoevsky’s ambivalence about the Russian character and what makes that psyche different are the keys to understanding "The Gambler. " I think it makes a good introduction for anyone interested in exploring Dostoevsky's works.


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