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The Gambler (1867)
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0486290816, Paperback)The Gambler brilliantly captures the strangely powerful compulsion to bet that Dostoyevsky, himself a compulsive gambler, knew so well. The hero rides an emotional roller coaster between exhilaration and despair, and secondary characters such as the Grandmother, who throws much of her fortune away at the gaming tables, are unforgettable. The book's publishing history is equally so: Under the pressure of a deadline from an unscrupulous publisher, and with rights to his entire oeuvre at stake, Dostoyevsky dictated the book in less than a month to the star pupil of Russia's first shorthand school. Then he married her.
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At the casino in Roulettenburg, Germany, a Russian family awaits news that a wealthy relative has died. To their dismay, Granny (far from dead), arrives and begins gambling away their inheiritance at an alarming rate. Meanwhile, Alexey Ivanovich, a notorious gambler, longs for a member of the family, but fate seems determined to keep them apart. As fortunes are squandered and gained, lives are increasingly tied to the fickle rules of chance.
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