I believe Perumbadavam understands Dostoyevsky and his mind very deeply. This gives us insight into the scope and depth of human mind. Aug 18, Alex Mathew rated it liked it I feel this is pretty much overrated novel.. Some part of the writing has some literary merit, but unfortunately it is undone in other part by mushy,maudlin, unnecessarily melodramatic type of writing.. Also this book is tad lengthy with shoddy editing work on the part of editor..
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Dostoyevsky had promised his editor Stellovsky that he would complete the novel The Gambler within a few months, but he had not written a single page yet.
On the advice of a friend, he recruits a stenographer, Anna to speed up the completion. Anna had great respect for the novelist. But he was nothing like she imagined. On the surface, Dostoyevsky was an alcoholic, gambler and epileptic who could evoke revulsion in anyone. But Anna slowly discovers deeper characteristics in his personality, which slowly progresses into the emotion of love. The novel delves deep into the mind of Dostoyevsky and exposes its loneliness, weaknesses, pain and spiritual agony.
His own emotions of being a gambler and alcoholic gets portrayed in his novel The Gambler. The string of failed relationships, poverty and diseases haunt him. The presence of Anna gives him great relief. In the end, he communicates his love to her. They decide to be together. The details of the life and personality of Dostoyevsky were derived from his various novels and biographies. Unlike other biographers of Dostoyevsky , Perumbadavam does not crucify him for his weaknesses and manias.
In the introduction to the book in a reprint in ,  he says that the agonies that life gave Dostoyevsky purified him into a saint.
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Plot[ edit ] The novel revolves around the life of Dostoyevsky from the time of his meeting with Anna till their union. Dostoyevsky had promised his editor Stellovsky that he would complete the novel The Gambler within a few months, but he had not written a single page yet. On the advice of a friend, he recruits a stenographer, Anna to speed up the completion. Anna had great respect for the novelist.