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The Gambler
Narrated by Simon Prebble
Written by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

A compulsive gambler himself at a certain period of his life, Dostoyevsky wrote this novel with real authority. Set in the appropriately named Roulettenburg, a German spa with a casino and an international clientele, it concerns the gambling episodes, tangled love affairs, and complicated lives of Alexey Ivanovitch, a young gambler; Polina Alexandrovna, the woman he loves; a pair of French adventurers, and other characters.

Not as dark as some of Dostoyevsky's other works, The Gambler offers a psychologically probing picture of the fatal attractions of gambling. Among its strengths are its well-drawn characters.


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