Alex and Emma - Preface
Photograph of Fyodor Dostoevsky taken in 1876. Image online courtesy Wikimedia Commons.
One had to come to terms with it...
To look at his gambling passion as a disease
for which there was no cure.
It was the end of September, 1866, and Fyodor Dostoevsky was in serious trouble.
Desperate for money the prior year, he had made a bad bargain with a rogue publisher. In exchange for an advance on an unwritten novel, Dostoevsky had agreed to give Fyodor Stellovsky the rights to all his future works for a period of ten years if he could not deliver the new book by November 1, 1866.
The novel - eventually called The Gambler - was due in thirty days. Dostoevsky had yet to write the first word.
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