The Double and The Gambler
The Double and The Gambler


The award-winning translators Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky have given us the definitive version of Fyodor Dostoevsky’s strikingly original short novels, The Double and The Gambler.

The Double is a surprisingly modern hallucinatory nightmare–foreshadowing Kafka and Sartre–in which a minor official named Goliadkin becomes aware of a mysterious doppelganger, a man who has his name and his face and who gradually and relentlessly begins to displace him with his friends and colleagues. The Gambler is a stunning psychological portrait of a young man's exhilarating and destructive addiction to gambling, a compulsion that Dostoevsky–who once gambled away his young wife's wedding ring–knew intimately from his own experience. In chronicling the disastrous love affairs and gambling adventures of 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.

Title The Double and The Gambler
Author Fyodor Dostoevsky
Publisher Vintage
Title First Published 16 January 2007
Format Paperback
Nb of pages 368 p.
ISBN-10 0375719016
ISBN-13 9780375719011
Publication Date 16 January 2007
Main content page count 368
Weight 16 oz.
List Price $15.95
 


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