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Notizie sul giocatore Rubasov

3.69 of 5 stars 3.69  ·  rating details  ·  222 ratings  ·  20 reviews
San Pietroburgo, 31 dicembre 1899. Nella sua camera in affitto il giovane Rubasov riceve una visita da lui spesso sollecitata: quella del Demonio, pronto a fargli sottoscrivere il classico contratto per la cessione dell'anima. Però l'unico desiderio di Rubasov, giocatore incallito, è fare una partita a carte con il signore delle tenebre. Il brivido del rischio sarà la sua ...more
Paperback, 278 pages
Published January 1st 2006 by Longanesi (first published 1996)
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Kevin Tole
I'll admit to expecting much from this book - fairly glowing reviews from the blats and likened unto a 20th Century great in the Master and Margarita. In truth, it in no way approaches the depth and 'mastery' Bulgakov’s wonderful book.
Instead what we get is a pretty strong narrative leading Rubashov through all the trouble spots from his initial contract with the devil at one millennium till his release at the next. These events are written pretty loosely and almost in an ‘airport blockbuster’ s
It's a great idea - at the beginning of the 20th century, Rubashov makes a pact with Satan. The book is the story of what happens next.


The style isn't amazing, though I don't want to make too much of that, because I read it in translation.

You won't really care about Rubashov, or any of the other potentially fascinating characters who show up here - Rasputin, Paracelsus, Countess Bathory etc. I think the big names turn up and vanish again too fast to make much of an impression, while Rubash
Kelanth, numquam risit ubi dracones vivunt
Bellissimo davvero questo libro con protagonista un giocatore d'azzardo di nome Rubasov, che in una notte del finire del 1800, per il solo piacere del brivido fa la massima puntata con il giocatore migliore che potrà mai incontrare... il diavolo... e ovviamente perde, perde la sua anima, e all'inferno non c'è più posto e così Rubasov come altri prima di lui dovrà vagare nella sala d'attesa delle anime, il mondo, per l'eternità.

Prigioniero suo malgrado diventa immortale e così lo vediamo attraver
Very interesting premise - gambler loses soul in bet with devil and is sentenced to immortality which seems strange, but soon transforms indeed in Hell on Earth.

However the execution is marginal at best - either the translation is not great or the original is just a very boring book considering the premise.
Has some flashes of what could have been early on, but otherwise it just transforms into a bunch of 20th century headlines of the infamous.

This subject - encounters with the infamous of the
Scavando scavando...

Quattro e mezzo, non cinque, ma andiamo con ordine.
E’ uno dei libri più avvincenti che mi siano capitati tra le mani negli ultimi tempi: c’è quello spruzzo di soprannaturale che tanto mi attira, il patto col diavolo con tanto di partita a poker che ha sancito definitivamente la mia decisione di acquistarlo, una passeggiata tra i disastri più efferati del secolo breve, incontri casuali con le figure più ambigue della storia: Rasputin, il mio vecchio concittadino Cagliostro, Pa
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The book moved me to tears, the horrors of the 20th century (which we go through with the "hero") appear to be so damn violent, so senseless, so little heroic, so ruining, so full of endless suffering and cruelty that it filled me with complete bewilderment and oppressive feelings regarding to the future. I think this was the only time I wished an author would write less vivid and brillant...
This is a distressing journey through history and reading can result the loss of believing in reason and
La Stamberga dei Lettori
Si staglia a metà tra la quarta e la quinta stelletta aNobiiana, forse non proprio meritatamente, ma vedrò di andare con ordine.

E’ uno dei libri più avvincenti che mi siano capitati tra le mani negli ultimi tempi: c’è quello spruzzo di soprannaturale che tanto mi attira, il patto col diavolo con tanto di partita a poker che ha sancito definitivamente la mia decisione di acquistarlo, una passeggiata tra i disastri più efferati del secolo breve, incontri casuali con le figure più ambigue della sto
Set up was very promising. Writing fell away. Did like the humanist, non-dichotomous good/evil wrap up.
En misslyckad roman som dock inte störde mig särskilt mycket. Vallgren är bra på att mörka bristen på innehåll med god bildning och bristen på meningsfull röd tråd med roliga magiska effekter, och boken slutar aldrig vara underhållande. Inga särskilda insikter nås och plotten faller sönder hela tiden men det gör inte så mycket eftersom tonfallet aldrig blir självgott. Klart, om han hade fokuserat på någon av de många bra idéerna - istället för att leka Bulgakov eller försöka summera upp hela nit ...more
Ermina Williams
I adored this novel. I adored Rubashov and the devil. The not quite fleshed out investigation of time and memory was thought provoking. It was a rumination on the fictitious nature of historical recollection and the personal narratives we weave, and on the capacity for man to err or excel dramatically. I highly recommend this novel for those whose like a bit history, aren't afraid of atrocities, and are interested in seeing the idea of a life immortal ironed out to the nth degree.
I loved it without really wanting to.

A book filled with raw and brutal descriptions of events in the 20th century is not something I ever thouht I would enjoy reading. However, the horrible events are displayed with Vallgren's usual skilled authorship, which somehow makes it worth the while.

This is one of these books which you just can't forget, and truly makes you question things you never even thought of before.
En fascinerande bok pa manga plan forutom det litterara: historia, religion, psykoligi. Vallgrens sprak ar vackert, detaljrikt, latt arkaiskt, men anda lattlast och det ar latt att dras in i Rubashovs varld och kanna den overvaldigande sorg och trotthet som gar som en rod trad genom berattelsen. En bok om kampen mellan det onda och det goda, men forst och framst om manniskan. En bok jag sakert kommer att lasa om.
Jan 23, 2008 Harper rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Neal
I found this a most disquieting read--in a good way that is. The dustcover promises a somewhat whimsical tour de force of European history as seen through the eyes of the immortal Rubashov. The reality is however, far different. Valgren is a fascinating author; he sees humanity through a deeply exposing, clinical lens that reveals all our foibles and fetid little habits.
Contrary to the blurb, I would say that this book is destined to stand a long way behind Bulgakov's classic, and will never be viewed as anything other than a largely forgettable pastiche of 19th and early 20th century literature by authors with much higher pedigrees.
Jonas Toftefors
Inte den bästa av Vallgren. Dock lagom underhållande för en dags tågresa! Man märker hur hans språk och beskrivningar utvecklas i hans senare verk. Bitvis kan det kännas som en skiss till "den vidunderliga kärlekens historia".
I read this in English. A story that covers a full century, with protagonists famous and lesser-known. It is an original piece of writing, slightly fantastical, very entertaining.
Detta är ingen vanlig bok. Imponerande arbete av lindrigt talat akrobatisk författare. Alla kommer inte att tycka om den.
Loved it 'till the last page!
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He is the author of eight novels, of which The Horrific Sufferings of the Mind-reading Monster Hercules Barefoot is the first novel to be translated into English. His novels have been translated into twenty-five languages. He lives in Stockholm.
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