I sigh when I realise the paradox of the novel nestled in my handbag for this Labour Day long weekend’s reading. It’s Dostoyevsky’s The Gambler and here I am in Victoria’s High Country for the annual Hinnomunjie Picnic Races. A hard-core habitual gambler, Dostoyevsky wagered he could write The Gambler in a month, whilst in the middle of writing Crime and Punishment, to pay off gambling debts. I wonder if Dostoyevsky has a message for me.
to KYD subscribers. Subscribe today »
Reasons to subscribe to Kill Your Darlings:
- Save up to 25% on RRP
- Free access to online editions
- KYD delivered direct to your door four times a year
- Be first to know about competitions, news, events, workshops and giveaways
- A whole bunch of warm-fuzzies for supporting independent Australian publishing