The Gambler, a first encounter with Dostoevsky

Posted: 29/01/2018 by vequinox in Literature

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I have heard a ton of things about Dostoevsky but never had the chance to read him myself. Time has now come with one of his smaller works and a quite personal too. People have been telling me ‘Read it, you will like since you played cards, you will appreciate the atmosphere’. I did appreciate the atmosphere but no for this reason, not even close.

The book was about gambling in the roulette, a rather different setting than the cards in which there is variance in addition to mathematical strategy, namely game theory under incomplete information. This story was focusing on something else, it was concerned with passion, feelings, human psychology than probabilities and stochastic optimization.

I am new to Dostoevsky’s style of writing and it took a number of pages to get accustomed to 200 years back. There is the so-called transient phenomenon to overcome at the beginning. And…

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