The Double and The Gambler

The Double and The Gambler

Hardback (01 Sep 2005)

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Publisher's Synopsis

Two small masterpieces in one volume. First, The Double, a surprisingly modern hallucinatory nightmare that foreshadows Kafka and Sartre. 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. In the dilemma of his increasingly paranoid hero, Dostoevsky makes vividly concrete the inner plurality of consciousness that would become a major theme of his work. Second, The Gambler, a stunning psychological portrait of a young man's exhilarating and destructive addiction, a compulsion that Dostoevsky - who once gambled away his wife's wedding ring- knew intimately from his own experience. In 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.

Book information

ISBN: 9781857152951
Publisher: Everyman
Imprint: Everyman
Pub date:
DEWEY: 891.733
DEWEY edition: 22
Language: English
Sales rank: 3459
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 528g
Height: 134mm
Width: 212mm
Spine width: 27mm