The Gambler

The Gambler is a novel written by Fyodor Dostoevsky and published in 1867. The book tells the story of Alexei Ivanovich, a tutor working for a wealthy family, who becomes addicted to gambling. As Alexei's gambling habit spirals out of control, he begins to borrow money and becomes involved with a group of shady characters, including the beautiful but manipulative Polina. The novel explores themes of addiction, obsession, and the destructive power of money. It is considered a semi-autobiographical work, as Dostoevsky himself was a compulsive gambler at the time of writing. "The Gambler" is celebrated for its vivid characters, psychological depth, and its portrayal of the dark side of human nature. It remains a popular and influential work of Russian literature, and has been adapted into various forms, including films, television shows, and stage productions.