"Immediately I put a hundred guilders on rouge - it won; all four hundred noir - it won; all eight hundred on mangue - it won; including what there had been previously, that was one thousand seven hundred guilders, and that in less than five minutes!"
Inspired by Dosteoevsky'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.
With an unforgettable cast of fellow gamblers and figures from European high society, this darkly comic novel of greed and self-destruction reveals Dostoevsky at his satirical and psychological best.
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: 224
Published: 1st November 2014
Publisher: Alma Books Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.9 x 12.7 x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.21
Edition Number: 1