The Double and the Gambler Fyodor Dostoevsky

The Double and the Gambler

Author: Fyodor Dostoevsky
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Book Title
The Double and the Gambler
Author
Fyodor Dostoevsky
ISBN
9781400044702
The first real expression of Dostoevsky's genius, The Double is a surprisingly modern hallucinatory nightmare in which a minor official named Goliadkin becomes aware of a mysterious doppelg nger-a man who has his name and his face and who gradually and relentlessly begins to displace him with his friends and colleagues. In the dilemma of this increasingly paranoid hero, Dostoevsky makes vividly concrete the inner disintegration of consciousness that would become a major theme of his work.The Gambler was written twenty years later, under the pressure of crushing debt. It is a stunning psychological portrait of a young man's exhilarating and destructive addiction, a compulsion that Dostoevsky-who once gambled away his young wife's wedding ring-knew intimately from his own experience. In the disastrous love affairs and gambling adventures of his character, Alexei Ivanovich, Dostoevsky explores the irresistible temptation to look into the abyss of ultimate risk that he believed was an essential part of the Russian national character. The two strikingly original short novels brought together here-in new translations by award-winning translators-were both literary gambles of a sort for Dostoevsky. Binding Type: HardcoverAuthor: Fyodor DostoevskyPublisher: Everyman's LibraryPublished: 10/04/2005ISBN: 9781400044702Pages: 336Weight: 1.15lbsSize: 8.24h x 5.32w x 1.10dReview Citations: Library Journal 07/01/2005 pg. 136Library Journal 07/15/2005Library Journal 01/01/2006 pg. 175

The first real expression of Dostoevsky's genius, The Double is a surprisingly modern hallucinatory nightmare in which a minor official named Goliadkin becomes aware of a mysterious doppelg nger-a man who has his name and his face and who gradually and relentlessly begins to displace him with his friends and colleagues. In the dilemma of this increasingly paranoid hero, Dostoevsky makes vividly concrete the inner disintegration of consciousness that would become a major theme of his work.

The Gambler
was written twenty years later, under the pressure of crushing debt. It is a stunning psychological portrait of a young man's exhilarating and destructive addiction, a compulsion that Dostoevsky-who once gambled away his young wife's wedding ring-knew intimately from his own experience. In the disastrous love affairs and gambling adventures of his character, Alexei Ivanovich, Dostoevsky explores the irresistible temptation to look into the abyss of ultimate risk that he believed was an essential part of the Russian national character.

The two strikingly original short novels brought together here-in new translations by award-winning translators-were both literary gambles of a sort for Dostoevsky.



Binding Type: Hardcover
Author: Fyodor Dostoevsky
Publisher: Everyman's Library
Published: 10/04/2005
ISBN: 9781400044702
Pages: 336
Weight: 1.15lbs
Size: 8.24h x 5.32w x 1.10d

Review Citations: Library Journal 07/01/2005 pg. 136
Library Journal 07/15/2005
Library Journal 01/01/2006 pg. 175

The first real expression of Dostoevsky's genius, The Double is a surprisingly modern hallucinatory nightmare in which a minor official named Goliadkin becomes aware of a mysterious doppelg nger-a man who has his name and his face and who gradually and relentlessly begins to displace him with his friends and colleagues. In the dilemma of this increasingly paranoid hero, Dostoevsky makes vividly concrete the inner disintegration of consciousness that would become a major theme of his work.

The Gambler
was written twenty years later, under the pressure of crushing debt. It is a stunning psychological portrait of a young man's exhilarating and destructive addiction, a compulsion that Dostoevsky-who once gambled away his young wife's wedding ring-knew intimately from his own experience. In the disastrous love affairs and gambling adventures of his character, Alexei Ivanovich, Dostoevsky explores the irresistible temptation to look into the abyss of ultimate risk that he believed was an essential part of the Russian national character.

The two strikingly original short novels brought together here-in new translations by award-winning translators-were both literary gambles of a sort for Dostoevsky.



Binding Type: Hardcover
Author: Fyodor Dostoevsky
Publisher: Everyman's Library
Published: 10/04/2005
ISBN: 9781400044702
Pages: 336
Weight: 1.15lbs
Size: 8.24h x 5.32w x 1.10d

Review Citations: Library Journal 07/01/2005 pg. 136
Library Journal 07/15/2005
Library Journal 01/01/2006 pg. 175