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|Author||: Fyodor Dostoyevsky|
The Gambler is a short novel by Fyodor Dostoyevsky about a young tutor in the employment of a formerly wealthy Russian general. The novella reflects Dostoyevsky's own addiction to roulette, which was in more ways than one the inspiration for the book: Dostoyevsky completed the novella under a strict deadline to pay off gambling debts. The first-person narrative is told from the point of view of Alexei Ivanovich, a tutor working for a Russian family living in a suite at a German hotel. The patriarch of the family, The General, is indebted to the Frenchman Des Grieux and has mortgaged his property in Russia to pay only a small amount of his debt. Upon learning of the illness of his wealthy aunt, "Grandmother", he sends streams of telegrams to Moscow and awaits the news of her demise. His expected inheritance will pay his debts and gain Mademoiselle De Cominges's hand in marriage. One day while Polina and Alexei are on a walk they see a Baron and Baroness. Polina dares him to insult the aristocratic couple and he does so with little hesitation. This sets off a chain of events that details Madame de Cominges's interest in the General and gets Alexei fired as tutor of the General's children. Shortly after this, Grandmother shows up and surprises the whole party of debtors and indebted. She tells them all that she knows all about the General's debt and why the French man and woman are waiting around the suite day after day. She leaves the party of death-profiteers by saying that none of them are getting any of her money. She then asks Alexei to be her guide around the town famous for its healing waters and infamous for its casino where the tables are stacked with piles of gold; she wants to gamble. Alexei starts to gamble to survive. One day he passes Mr. Astley on a park bench in Bad Homburg and has a talk with him. He finds out from Astley that Polina is in Switzerland and actually does love him. Astley gives him some money but shows little hope that he will not use it for gambling. Alexei goes home dreaming of going to Switzerland the next day and recollects what made him win at the roulette tables in the past.
|Author||: Fyodor Dostoevsky|
|Editor||: Modern Library|
In this dark and compelling short novel, Fyodor Dostoevsky tells the story of Alexey Ivanovitch, a young tutor working in the household of an imperious Russian general. Alexey tries to break through the wall of the established order in Russia, but instead becomes mired in the endless downward spiral of betting and loss. His intense and inescapable addiction is accentuated by his affair with the General’s cruel yet seductive niece, Polina. In The Gambler, Dostoevsky reaches the heights of drama with this stunning psychological portrait.
|Author||: Fyodor Dostoyevsky,Ronald Meyer|
|Editor||: Penguin UK|
A new selection of seven of Dostoyevsky's best stories. "The Gambler," about a young tutor in the employ of a Russian general, was written under a strict deadline so Dostoyevsky could pay off his roulette debts. Also included here are "Bobok," the tale of a frustrated writer visiting a cemetery and enjoying the gossip of the dead; "The Dream of a Ridiculous Man," the story of one man's plan to commit suicide and the troubling dream that follows; as well as "White Nights," "A Christmas Party and a Wedding," "A Nasty Story," and "The Meek One."
|Author||: William C. Rempel|
NATIONAL BESTSELLER “Offers an entertaining look at Kerkorian’s outsize life… an interesting portrait of a billionaire.” – Wall Street Journal The rags-to-riches story of one of America’s wealthiest and least-known financial giants, self-made billionaire Kirk Kerkorian—the daring aviator, movie mogul, risk-taker, and business tycoon who transformed Las Vegas and Hollywood to become one of the leading financiers in American business. Kerkorian combined the courage of a World War II pilot, the fortitude of a scrappy boxer, the cunning of an inscrutable poker player and an unmatched genius for making deals. He never put his name on a building, but when he died he owned almost every major hotel and casino in Las Vegas. He envisioned and fostered a new industry —the leisure business. Three times he built the biggest resort hotel in the world. Three times he bought and sold the fabled MGM Studios, forever changing the way Hollywood does business. His early life began as far as possible from a place on the Forbes List of Billionaires when he and his Armenian immigrant family lost their farm to foreclosure. He was four. They arrived in Los Angeles penniless and moved often, staying one step ahead of more evictions. Young Kirk learned English on the streets of L.A., made pennies hawking newspapers and dropped out after eighth grade. How he went on to become one of the richest and most generous men in America—his net worth as much as $20 billion—is a story largely unknown to the world. That’s because what Kerkorian valued most was his privacy. His very private life turned to tabloid fodder late in life when a former professional tennis player falsely claimed that the eighty-five-year-old billionaire fathered her child. In this engrossing biography, investigative reporter William C. Rempel digs deep into Kerkorian’s long-guarded history to introduce a man of contradictions—a poorly educated genius for deal-making, an extraordinarily shy man who made the boldest of business ventures, a careful and calculating investor who was willing to bet everything on a single roll of the dice. Unlike others of his status and importance, Kerkorian made few public appearances and strenuously avoided personal publicity. His friends and associates, however, were some of the biggest names in business, entertainment, and sports—among them Howard Hughes, Ted Turner, Steve Wynn, Michael Milken, Cary Grant, Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, Elvis Presley, Mike Tyson, and Andre Agassi. When he died in 2015 two years shy of the century mark, Kerkorian had outlived many of his closest friends and associates. Now, Rempel meticulously pieces together revealing fragments of Kerkorian’s life, collected from diverse sources—war records, business archives, court documents, news clippings and the recollections and recorded memories of longtime pals and relatives. In The Gambler, Rempel illuminates this unknown, self-made man and his inspiring legacy as never before.
|Author||: Fyodor Dostoevsky|
|Editor||: Oxford Paperbacks|
Notes from the Underground (1864) is one of the most profound works of nineteenth-century literature. A probing, speculative book, often regarded as a forerunner of the Existentialist movement, it examines the important political and philosophical questions that were current in Russia and Europe at the time. The Gambler (1866), set in the fictional town of Roulettenberg, explores the compulsive nature of gambling, one of the author's own vices and a subject he describes with extraordinary acumen and drama. Specially commissioned for the World's Classics, this new translation includes a full editorial apparatus. - ;Specially commissioned for the World's Classics, this new translation includes a full editorial apparatus. -
|Author||: F.M. Dostoevsky|
|Editor||: Bloomsbury Publishing|
The film script for a major film from Channel Four Films and Canal+ Image International, from director Karoly Makk and producer Marc Vlessing. Starring Michael Gambon, Jodhi May, Polly Walker, Dominic West and Luise Rainer. Dostoevsky, impoverished by gambling debts and desperate, makes a Faustian contract with his publisher: In return for an advance he agrees to deliver a novel within a year or lose all rights to his existing and future works. Twenty-seven days before the manuscript is due, he has still not begun work. Despairing, he hires a stenographer, Ann Snitkina, whose passionate determination urges him on to finish the book, saving his career. This true story of Dostoevsky's love affair with Anna Snitkina, the woman he later married is interwoven with scenes from his novella, The Gambler, as he dictates it.
|Author||: J.R. Roberts|
|Editor||: Speaking Volumes|
HIGH STAKES Jed Weaver is a gambling man—and his latest gamble is building up the town of Water Hole. Right now it's nothing but a gold mine and a saloon called the Crystal Palace—he intends to turn it into a bustling burg. Jed feels like he's struck gold himself when he hires Clint Adams as the faro dealer for the Palace. Clint's reputation's sure to help bring the crowds—and the cash—to Water Hole. Then Jed's luck takes a turn for the worse. On a nonstop losing streak, he's closing his businesses all over town to support his gambling. And when bank robbers turn up in Water Hole, he's too busy with the cards to pay any attention. Lucky for Jed, the Gunsmith has his eyes and ears open—and his gun ready...
|Author||: Christine Dwyer Hickey|
|Editor||: New Island Books|
"Christine Dwyer Hickey paints a disturbingly accurate picture of a family's slow decline. The shadowy figure of the dancer reappears while his son, the gambler of the title, struggles through to early manhood. The twin addictions of father and son, alcoholic and gambler, keep through the pages, leaving an indelible mark." "At once disquieting and deeply resonant the plight of her characters creates a vivid sense of time and place. In an age of desperate poverty, the torturous forces of life are brought to bear on this Dublin family. In The Gambler a powerful creative imagination is at work."--BOOK JACKET.
|Author||: Frederick Barthelme|
|Editor||: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt|
A New York Times Notable Book. In this darkly funny story, Ray and Jewel Kaiser try (and push) their luck at the Paradise casino. Peopled with dazed denizens, body-pierced children, a lusty grocery-store manager, and hourly employees in full revolt, this is a novel about wising up sooner rather than later--"a wise and funny tale" (New York Times Book Review) that is "masterfully observed" (John Barth).
|Author||: William Krasner|
|Editor||: Harper Perennial|
Realizing his life's ambition, Ben opens his own crap game set up in his home town. All runs smoothly till Ben finds himself in the clutches of the big-time operators who don't take kindly to infringement. Suspenseful and well-written.--Los Angeles Times.
|Author||: Andrew D. Kaufman|
|Editor||: Riverhead Books|
An intimate new portrait of the bold and determined woman who saved Dostoyevsky's life--and became a pioneer in Russian literary history In the fall of 1866--against the backdrop of Russia's first feminist movement--an independent-minded young stenographer named Anna Snitkina went to work for a writer she idolized: Fyodor Dostoevsky. The volatile and visionary novelist was already a celebrated literary provocateur, yet Anna found him "terribly unhappy, broken, tormented," sickened by epilepsy, anguished by the recent loss of his wife--and in thrall to a gambling addiction that kept him on the verge of emotional and financial ruin. Shocked by his condition, the strong-willed Anna became his confidante, his manager, and, within months, his wife--launching one of literature's most turbulent and fascinating marriages. Now, for the first time, The Gambler Wife gives us a rich and psychologically acute portrait of the complex power dynamic between the tortured Fyodor, who created his greatest works (including The Possessed and The Brothers Karamazov) under her care, and the courageous Anna, who inspired Dostoyevsky, directed his career--and became the first woman in Russia to run her own publishing house. Full of dramatic setpieces, and drawing on a trove of unseen writings, The Gambler Wife is a story of love, addiction, and redemption, and a rediscovery of a woman whose pioneering life has been all but erased from literary history.
|Author||: Fyodor Dostoevsky|
The discovery of a mysterious doppelganger turns Goliadkin's life upside down in The Double, while the psychological novel The Gambler combines aspects of two obsessions: the love of a rejecting woman and the fever of gambling, in an omnibus edition containing new translations of two masterful short novels. Reprint.
|Author||: Irene Saunders|
|Editor||: Signet Book|
Her reputation nearly ruined by London gossipmongers, Sylvia Danville attempts to clear her name of scandal in order to save her relationship with Viscount Thomas Radcliffe
|Author||: J. R. Roberts|
The disappearance of his old friend Howard Haskell's beautiful daughter, Beatrice, sends Clint Adams on the trail of the headstrong heiress, a mission that takes him to San Francisco and a confrontation with Bea's cardsharp paramour. Original.