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ISBN-10: 1400044707
ISBN-13: 9781400044702
Publisher: Everyman's Library
Publish Date: 10/04/2005
Dimensions: 8.33" L, 5.24" W, 1.11" H

The Double and the Gambler: Introduction by Richard Pevear

Translator: Richard Pevear
Translator: Larissa Volokhonsky
Introduction by: Richard Pevear

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Overview

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 doppelgänger-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.

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"Pevear and Volokhonsky may be the premier Russian-to-English translators of the era." -The New Yorker
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ISBN-10: 1400044707
ISBN-13: 9781400044702
Publisher: Everyman's Library
Publish Date: 10/04/2005
Dimensions: 8.33" L, 5.24" W, 1.11" H
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