The Gambler is a darkly comic novel of greed and self-destruction revealing Dostoevsky at his satirical and psychological best.
Inspired by Dostoevsky's own gambling addiction and written under pressure in order to pay off his creditors and retain his rights to his literary legacy, The Gambler is set in the casino of the fictional German spa town of Roulettenburg and follows the misfortunes of the young tutor Alexei Ivanovich. As he succumbs to the temptations of the roulette table, he finds himself engaged in a battle of wills with Polina, the woman he unrequitedly loves.
About the Author
Fyodor Dostoevsky (1821-1881) is considered one of the greatest writers of all time. His works include such seminal novels as Crime and Punishment, The Idiot and The Karamazov Brothers.
"No novelist ever wrestled with materialism more fiercely and intelligently than Dostoevsky." - JONATHAN FRANZEN
Series: Alma Classics
Number Of Pages: 203
Published: 1st March 2012
Dimensions (cm): 19.9 x 13.0 x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.19