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The Double and The Gambler

Paperback Book
Publisher: 
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
 | 
January, 2007
ISBN:
9780375719011
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Publisher’s Description: 

The award-winning translators Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky have given us the definitive version of Fyodor Dostoevskys strikingly original short novels, The Double and The Gambler.The Double is a surprisingly modern hallucinatory nightmareforeshadowing Kafka and Sartrein 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 Dostoevskywho once gambled away his young wife's wedding ringknew 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.

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