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Published August 18th 2008 by BiblioLife (first published 1866)
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Stephen
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4.0 stars. Fyodor Dostoevsky is a phenomenal writer and an icon of Russian literature. In this story, he has once again written a novel comprised of superb prose, unique characters and some very insightful comments about the human condition. For that, this novel deserves nothing less than 4 stars.

HOWEVER, as a native of Las Vegas who has just recently been given the opportunity to read this book after the lifting of the 100 year ban imposed by the State of Nevada on public dissemination of thi...more
B0nnie
You can be seized in an instant by the forces of addiction and obsession. It happened to Dostoyevsky - he became addicted to gambling after one impulsive stop at a roulette table - and it took place while he already was in the grip of an obsession. The object of his obsession: the beautiful Apollinaria Suslova, one of his students and 20 years his junior.
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This femme fatale appears in various forms in many of Dostoyevsky's novels. In The Gambler she is Polina Alexandrovna. He's in there too, as...more
Sparrow
Just after I read this book, I watched the movie Alex and Emma, in which Luke Wilson writes a book that plagiarizes this story. It made me very uncomfortable. As far as I know (and I watched pretty carefully) the movie did not cite Dostoyevsky at any point. It also made me feel weird about myself that I am a person who would read a novella by Dostoyevsky (because I just can't get enough) and then go watch a pretty lame romantic comedy with Luke Wilson and Kate Hudson because it sounded like a go...more
Núria
Algunas de las muchas razones por las que 'El jugador', y por extensión todo Dostoievski, es tan bueno:

- Es sorprendente. Prácticamente todas sus novelas son desconcertantes en un primer momento: no acabas de entender a los personajes y las relaciones que hay entre ellos, porque son tremendamente contradictorios; pero sobretodo porque no tienes ni idea de hacia dónde va a ir la trama y qué se propone Dostoievski con semejante enmarañamiento. Pero, al final, todo encaja de una manera magnífica. E...more
MJ Nicholls
The William Tell Overture: An Alphabetical Anecdote. a) I used to live in student accommodation in the city of Edinburgh, sometimes dubbed “city of literature,” despite more people buying DVDs than books per annum. b) I spent my days in a box room writing mediocre essays about Austen and Dickens. c) In my spare time, I wrote appalling 900-page tracts about sexual frustration. I used self-deprecating humour to make life seem less terrible. d) This technique doesn’t have the same efficacy in my mi...more
Walaa
أول قراءاتي لدوستوفسكي
تجربة رائعة :)
سأعتمد في مراجعتي لتحليل الشخصيات مع بعض التفاصيل لتوضيح دور الشخصية

سأبدأ أولا بشخصية الجنرال
هو شخصية ذات مكانة مرموقة في فترة ما كان شخصية قوية وذات تأثير ومحبب للجميع
وكان من المفروض ان يتزوج مدموزيل بلانش
ولكن بعد ان فقد ماله وممتلكاته تبين انه شخصية ضعيفة مترددة وتركته زوجته المستقبلية مدموزيل بلانش
ولكنه في النهاية تجوزها
*****
الجدة أنطونين فاسيلفنا ترانفتش
شخصية قوية ومحبوبة ليس من قبل عائلتها بل من قبل من يتعامل معها ، كانت تعاني من مرض ووكل عائلتها توقع...more
Jeremy
This story powerfully describes the game-table hunger of its narrator and the mania of gambling. Not surprisingly, it equates this maniacal appetite quite successfully with sexual obsession. I'm not a gambler myself, but I found the descriptions of nights spent at the roulette table riveting. This is Dostoyevsky at his most raw and least philosophical. He makes no attempt at a sweeping tale with allegories and theology, in fact here he's almost reportorial in slavish attention to the psychologic...more
Carmo Santos
Seria cómico se não fosse trágico. Dostoievsky fala na primeira pessoa de um tema que conhece bem, o fanatismo do jogo e a adrenalina sentida frente à roleta. Arriscar tudo, perder tudo e ainda assim provocar o destino e lançar a última moeda perseguindo a ideia louca de ganhar uma fortuna sem trabalhar.

Nesta história tudo se joga, todas as personagens fazem jogadas que não têm forçosamente de ser frente à roleta. As amizades, as paixões, até os laços familiares tem um denominador comum: o dinhe...more
Babak Habibi
چکیده ی مفیدی از کل وقایع و هیجانات زندگی یک قمار باز تو صفحه ی آخرش به بهترین شکل بنظرم اومده:

در حالیکه از قمارخانه بیرون می آمدم، حس کردم که یک فلورین در جیب کوچکم تکام می خورد، به خود گفتم : خوب، با آن می توانم شام بخورم ولی پس از اینکه صد قدم رفتم تغییر رای دادم و راهم را بر گرداندم و همان فلورین را روی « مانک » گذاشتم. راستی وقتی انسان تنها و دور از دوستان خود و بی اینکه بداند از کجا برای زندگی همان روز خود پولی بدست آورد،آخرین، درست آخرین فلورین خود را به مخاطره می اندازد و به قمار می گذار...more
Christina
This was a fun, short novel. Dostoevsky drops the reader into the middle of the story with no introduction to the characters; names are used and you have to figure out who the characters are and how they're related to each other as you read. For this reason it took me a few pages to "get into" the story because I was terribly confused about what was happening. However, once I had a handle on the characters and setting, it quickly became a humorous and enjoyable read. In fact, I enjoyed it so muc...more
Namrirru
I curse the Mickey Mouse Law, which is the reason why publishers continue to insult us with bad translations. Who could trust a translator who cannot even express herself well in her own native language? Here is an example of Constance Garnett in action. Page 57:

"A Frenchman is not often naturally polite. He is always polite, as it were, to order, with a motive."

And here is a more coherent translation by Pevear and Volokhonsky. Page 217:

"A Frenchman is rarely amiable by nature; he is always a...more
لطيفة الحاج


رائع دستوفسكي
لم اقرأ رواية بشغف مشابه لشغفي عندما قرأت المقامر منذ زمن

ممتع/ مشوق/ بديع

ولا اعرف كيف لم اقرأ له قبل الآن

وكان من الحكمة أن قرأت مذكرات زوجته فأخذني الحماس إلى اقتناء كتابه هذا والقراءة له وقد جاء في رواية المقامر بعض تفاصيل ذكرتها زوجته عنه وقد كان دستوفسكي يلعب القمار حقيقة

هو فعلا من عظماء الأدب الروسي =)
Nawel
What an artist and what a psychologist!


Dostoyevsky's Fiction reveals the truth that reality obscures to say the least about the master.
Ahmed
غالبا صدق العمل الأدبى يعطى له ميزة إضافيه كبيرة
ويضع عليه هالة اقرب الى القداسه منها الى أى شئ آخر
قداسه انسانيه تعطيه خلود وتضعه فى مرتبه عظيمة فى ثقافات الشعوب
وهذا العمل من اصدق الأعمال التى من الممكن ان تقرأها فى حياتك لأن مؤلفها كتبها وهو مريض بها
كتبها لتكون رساله لمن يأتى بعده ولا يجد أصدق منها لتوضح له ما هو مقدم عليه
فى المجمل هى افضل ما قرأت على القمار
Laura
Nov 26, 2013 Laura rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Bettie, Carey, Wanda
From BBC Radio 4 - Classical Serial:
A brilliant, penniless, pianist gets a job as tutor to the daughter of a wealthy Russian oligarch living in London and is sucked into a world of obsession and chance.

A modern-day take on Dostoevsky's The Gambler, by writer/actor Dolya Gavanski, with Ed Stoppard, Matthew Marsh and Graham Seed.
Davina
This is one of the last Dostoevsky I had left unread, saved for a rainy day, and finally I let myself read it. I badly needed a dose of Dostoevsky and I was not disappointed. There were a couple things that worried me about it when I first started, particularly the foreign setting. I thought the story might get bogged down in Dostoevsky's prejudices, but it turned out to be very much peopled by human characters each with their own classic Dostoevsky complexities. Yes, some racial slurs were thro...more
Ishraq
** هذه المراجعة كتبت تحت تأثير عاطفي كبير

لا أعلم لم بعد الانتهاء من قراءة المذكرات القصيرة لزوجة دوستويفسكي حتى أصابتني حالة من البحث المحموم لقراءة أي شيء له بعد انقطاع دام أكثر من 6 سنوات ان لم تخني الذاكرة! ووقعت بين يدي هذه الرواية التي اقتنيتها منذ وقت قصير وقد أصابتني حمى ذهنية جعلتني أهرول هرولة بين صفحات الكتاب
لا أعلم ان كان هذا هذيان لدويستوفيسكي أثناء احدى نوباته أو أن حمى ذهنية فعلاً قد أصابتني وقرأتها بنفس واحد حتى أنهيت الكتاب وأنا أركض معه من صفحة الى صفحة بحالة جريان ذهني أرهقني ب...more
Tariq A
قراءتي الأولى لدوستويفسكي، بعدما سمعت عنه كثيرا، وانتظرت تجربةً فريدة
بعد هذه الرواية القصيرة، فهمت ولع القراء بهذا الروائي، وقررت قراءة بقية أعماله، لأن هذا العمل لم يكن ليأتي من غير كاتب عظيم
ولا أغفل عن نقطة مهمة ذُكرت في مقدمة الرواية، وهي أن هذه الرواية أُنجِزت بشكل كامل خلال خمسة وعشرين يوما فقط تحت ضغط من الناشر الجشع

عنوان الرواية يدل على أغلب ما فيها، فالقمار، ولعبة الروليت بشكل خاص، كانت السمة الغالبة في الرواية، فتناول طريقتها ومشكلة إدمانها ونفسية اللاعب، لذلك لم تترك اللعبة أحدا، فهي ت...more
Natasha Castillo
Es una novela psicológica en la cual se evidencian las sensaciones del Jugador, Alexei Ivanovich, quien se ve hostigado por las ruletas y comienza a deteriorarse y a perder la virtud que antes poseìa. Autobiográfico, Dostoyevsky es hiriente consigo mismo y con todo lo que lo rodea. Por lo que he leído escribió esta novela en un plazo de tiempo muy corto por cuestiones económicas. Quizás por la brevedad de la historia no se llegue a entender los personajes tan complejos, pero al final es desconce...more
Kebrit !!!
و در جایی که آدم تک و تنها و دور از یار و یاور در سرزمین بیگانه مانده است و اگر آخرین، آری آخرین گولدنش را به بازی بگذارد دیگر پولی برای خورد و خوراک فردا نمی‌ماند، چنین احساسی، باور کن، طرفه احساسی است! بردم و بیست دقیقه بعد از قمارخانه که بیرون زدم، صد و هفتاد گولدن در جیبم بود. بلی قربان، خلاف نمی‌گویم! گاهی آخرین گولدن یعنی این! ولی اگر آن بار شهامت از دست داده بودم، اگر جرئت نکرده بودم آخرین بخت را بیازمایم؟
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Emad Attely
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“Tomorrow, tomorrow—Ah, but if only I could set things right tomorrow, and be born again, and rise again from the dead!”

The Gambler is hoping that he can change someday! "Tomorrow, maybe!" He says. Then, tomorrow comes and nothing happens! "Ok .. No problem! I'll change .. Tomorrow!" And tomorrow comes ... Nothing changes! Eventually, The Gambler knows that: “Yes, my nature is my weak point”!
Then, he keeps doing mistakes over and over again! And he keeps hoping that someday "tomorrow" he'll chan...more
Ebrahim Abdulla
بعد وفاة أخيه، تكفل ديستويفسكي برعاية أسرته، واضطر حينها أن يكتب بالطلب، حيث يرسل رواياته إلى الناشر على أجزاء. وكان لديه عقد مع ناشر يتضمن كتابة رواية لم يكتبها فيدور بعد، وإذا لم يكتبها؛ فإن هذا سيعرضه لفقد حقوق رواياته السابقة واللاحقة. الكتابة تحت هذا الضغط من الديون ووقائع الحياة القاسية كانت منهكة ومُتعبة، يقول ديستويفسكي في رسالة لأحد أصدقائه: "وددت لو أنني عدت عن طيب خاطر مرة أخرى إلى المعتقل عدة سنوات؛ لكي أسدد ما علي من ديون، وحتى أشعر مرة أخرى أنني حر ... إن العمل من الإملاق والحاجة إ...more
Maria João Fernandes
"O que sou hoje? Zéro. O que posso tornar-me amanhã? Amanhã posso renascer dos mortos e começar a viver de novo."

Aleksei é um jovem "outchitel", mas não é um preceptor qualquer. É um homem inteligente, observador e determinado em alcançar os seus objectivos e ver realizados os seus sonhos. É sua terrível paixão - terrível porque sofre - por uma mulher que não sabe dizer se é ou não bela, que o inicia no vicio do jogo. De perdidamente apaixonado a doentiamente viciado no jogo, Aleksei vive altos...more
Matthew Burr
This book was good, but the critical introduction (which I read after reading the book) to it really helped me to get more out of it. While gambling certainly plays a central role to the whole thing, what is more interesting to me is the various ways people approach the gambling, and the type of "gambling" that goes on in their own day-to-day activities.

However, what appealed to me most was the idea of putting everything on the line in order to reach that exquisite moment when you feel most ali...more
حسين المتروك
غداً، غداً ينتهي كُل شيء.
هيَ الكلمة التي خُتمت بها الرواية المجنونة، فعلاً عندما يقول البعض دوستويفسكي يغوص في النفس البشرية هوَ يغوص بشكل مُرعب، شرّح نفسيّة المقامر، وأظهر الحُب المخبوء، واختفى في ساحة روسيا المريضة!

لا أنصح الكُل بهذه الرواية، تأخذ طاقة كبيرة، مقابل القليل من المتعة والكثير من الاحساس بالضعف، فكلمات مثل ذليل ومُهان وبهيمة ومُخاط ستظهر أمامكم دون سابق إنذار!.

أذهلني تشريحه لعقلية الإنسان الروسي ..
Robert Evans
This book surprised me with an engaging plot and a few twists. Alexei throws a hotel full of bourgeois parasites into turmoil with a small prank to impress a woman. It also contains enough grim gambling addiction to appease my desire for insight into the dark side of human nature, one of Dostoyevsky's specialties.
Alex
Perhaps English speaking readers did not notice that via main hero (Alexei), Dostoevsky, on the sidelines of this piece, is comparing widely domestically (that is within Russia itself) stereotyped Russian character, which Dostoevsky shared and eagerly supported, - its spirituality, wholesomeness, lack of calculation, impulsiveness, kindness, compassion - versus a Western European character (such as, for example, Mademoiselle Blanche), showing it very negatively: as being manipulative, calculativ...more
Cărăşălu
Un roman mai mic al lui Dostoievski, dar nu mai puțin intens, mai ales datorită caracterului autobiografic. Fiind mai scurt însă, nu are aceeași amploare ideatică ca alte romane de-ale sale. Dacă ”Frații Karamazov”, după cum mi-a spus un prieten, este ”o carte despre toate”, atunci ”Igrok” (Jucătorul)e un roman mai modest.

Totuși, chiar și în această lucrare în mare parte autobiografică, Dostoievski surprinde moravurile epocii, stereotipurile naționale (francezi, ruși, etc.), și reușește, ca de...more
Aragorn
Nel famoso saggio di Freud su Dostoevskij, a proposito della passione di quest'ultimo per il gioco, leggiamo:

Egli non trovava pace fino a quando non aveva perduto tutto. Il gioco era per lui un modo per punirsi. Innumerevoli volte aveva promesso o dato la parola d'onore alla sua giovane moglie di non giocare più o di non giocare in quel tal giorno, e quasi sempre, come racconta la moglie, infrangeva la promessa [...] E la giovane donna si abituò a questo ciclo perché aveva notato che l'unica cos...more
Pierre E. Loignon
Pour reprendre la célèbre distinction kantienne, tous les romans de Dostoïevski sont dénués de beauté puisqu’ils sont consacrés au sublime. C’est d’ailleurs particulièrement le cas dans ce roman, où se déploie dans une tension presque insoutenable la facticité humaine la plus médiocre.
En effet, les personnages sont ici réduis à de creux grains de poussières, vivotants dans l’impression trompeuse d’une appartenance propre en attendant que le hasard provoque leur mouvement : « Par moment, j’ai enc...more
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Fyodor Mikhaylovich Dostoyevsky (Russian: Фёдор Михайлович Достоевский), sometimes transliterated Dostoevsky, was a Russian novelist, journalist, and short-story writer whose psychological penetration into the human soul had a profound influence on the 20th century novel.

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