The Double and the Gambler
By (author) Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky
Translated by Richard Pevear Larissa Volokhonsky
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Double and the Gambler by Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky
Book DescriptionThe 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.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780375719011
(202mm x 130mm x 20mm)
Imprint: Vintage Books
Publisher: Random House USA Inc
Publish Date: 15-Apr-2007
Country of Publication: United States
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About the Translators: Richard Pevear has published translations of Alain, Yves Bonnefoy, Alberto Savinio, Pavel Florensky, and Henri Volohonsky, as well as two books of poetry. He has received fellowships or grants for translation from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ingram Merrill Foundation, the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the French Ministry of Culture. Larissa Volokhonsky was born in Leningrad. She has translated works by the prominent Orthodox theologians Alexander Schmemann and John Meyendorff into Russian. Together, Pevear and Volokhonsky have translated "Dead Souls and The Collected Tales" by Nikolai Gogol, "The Complete Short Novels of Chekhov," and "The Brothers Karamazov," "Crime and Punishment," "Notes from Underground," "Demons," "The Idiot," and "The Adolescent" by Fyodor Dostoevsky. They were awarded the PEN Book-of-the-Month Club Translation Prize for their version of "The Brothers Karamazov" and of Tolstoy's "Anna Karenina," and their translation of Dostoevsky's" Demons" was one of three nominees for the same prize. They are married and live in France.
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