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ISBN13: 9780140449136
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One of the great classics of world literature, Dostoyevsky's Crime and Punishment is the story of Raskolnikov, a young man who — unable to complete his studies — commits what he calls "justifiable murder." What ensues is as demanding and illuminating for the reader as it is for the main character. If you're familiar with Dante's Divine Comedy then reading this book is an even more enriching experience.
Recommended by Gin, Powells.com

This is one of the finest explorations of criminal psychology ever written. With enormous scope, Dostoyevsky dissects poverty, rationalization, the criminal mind, guilt, confession, religion, and redemption. He also provides an exquisite look at overwhelming paranoia. Crime and Punishment is a perfect, breathtaking masterpiece.
Recommended by Dianah, Powells.com

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Raskolnikov, a destitute and desperate former student, wanders through the slums of St Petersburg and commits a random murder without remorse or regret. He imagines himself to be a great man, a Napoleon: acting for a higher purpose beyond conventional moral law. But as he embarks on a dangerous game of cat and mouse with a suspicious police investigator, Raskolnikov is pursued by the growing voice of his conscience and finds the noose of his own guilt tightening around his neck. Only Sonya, a downtrodden prostitute, can offer the chance of redemption.

This vivid translation by David McDuff has been acclaimed as the most accessible version of Dostoyevskys great novel, rendering its dialogue with a unique force and naturalism. This edition also includes a new chronology of Dostoyevskys life and work.

Synopsis:

This text is a revised edition of Dostoyevsky's classic tale. Rasholnikov, a destitute and desperate former student, wanders through the slums of St Petersburg and commits a random murder without remorse or regret. As he embarks on a dangerous cat and mouse game, he is pursued by his conscience.

Synopsis:

Raskolnikov, a destitute and desperate former student, commits a random murder without remorse or regret, imagining himself to be a great man far above moral law. But as he embarks on a dangerous cat-and-mouse game with a suspicious police investigator, his own conscience begins to torment him and he seeks sympathy and redemption from Sonya, a downtrodden prostitute.

Translated with an Introduction and Notes by David McDuff

Synopsis:

Includes bibliographical references (p. [xxiii]-xxiv).

About the Author

Fyodor Dostoyevsky (1821–1881), one of nineteenth-century Russias greatest novelists, spent four years in a convict prison in Siberia, after which he was obliged to enlist in the army. In later years his penchant for gambling sent him deeply into debt. Most of his important works were written after 1864, including Notes from Underground, Crime and Punishment, The Idiot, and The Brothers Karamazov, all available from Penguin Classics.

David McDuff was educated at the University of Edinburgh and has translated a number of works for Penguin Classics, including Dostoyevskys The Brothers Karamazov.

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castorp70, January 21, 2011 (view all comments by castorp70)
It first seems bizarre that the finest Murder Mystery in literature would betray the Whodunit so early--but that--at least in itself--wasn't Dostoevsky's objective. A literal translation of the Russian reveals 'Transgression and Retribution,' and it is here that the proto- (also PRE-Nietzchean) Ubermensch idea takes shape, within the tortured psyches of Rodyon Romanovitch Raskolnikov & Svidrigilov. I defy any first-time reader to put this one down once he or she has commenced its reading!!! Dostoevsky wrote this page-turner in record time; indeed we often wonder how much he invented spontaneously! I reread it at least annually & and have done for 21 years.
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Michelle Wilczewski, March 22, 2010 (view all comments by Michelle Wilczewski)
"Crime & Punishment" is one of my favorite classics. I'm reading it now for the fourth time. Part psychological thriller, part forensic novel with character study thrown in for good measure. We follow the story of Rodyon Raskolnikov as he contemplates, plans, commits and regrets the murder of an old pawnbroker. Engaging and intriguing for it's look into Russian life as well.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780140449136
Translator:
McDuff, David
Author:
McDuff, David
Author:
Dostoevsky, Fyodor Mikhailovich
Author:
Dostoevsky, Fyodor M.
Author:
Dostoyevsky, Fyodor
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Location:
Harmondsworth
Subject:
Murder
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Saint petersburg (russia)
Subject:
Psychological fiction
Subject:
Crime
Subject:
Saint Petersburg
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Mystery fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Number:
Rev. ed..
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Penguin Classics
Series Volume:
1.
Publication Date:
20021231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
718
Dimensions:
7.98x6.02x1.24 in. 1.08 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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"Staff Pick" by ,

One of the great classics of world literature, Dostoyevsky's Crime and Punishment is the story of Raskolnikov, a young man who — unable to complete his studies — commits what he calls "justifiable murder." What ensues is as demanding and illuminating for the reader as it is for the main character. If you're familiar with Dante's Divine Comedy then reading this book is an even more enriching experience.

"Staff Pick" by ,

This is one of the finest explorations of criminal psychology ever written. With enormous scope, Dostoyevsky dissects poverty, rationalization, the criminal mind, guilt, confession, religion, and redemption. He also provides an exquisite look at overwhelming paranoia. Crime and Punishment is a perfect, breathtaking masterpiece.

"Synopsis" by , This text is a revised edition of Dostoyevsky's classic tale. Rasholnikov, a destitute and desperate former student, wanders through the slums of St Petersburg and commits a random murder without remorse or regret. As he embarks on a dangerous cat and mouse game, he is pursued by his conscience.
"Synopsis" by , Raskolnikov, a destitute and desperate former student, commits a random murder without remorse or regret, imagining himself to be a great man far above moral law. But as he embarks on a dangerous cat-and-mouse game with a suspicious police investigator, his own conscience begins to torment him and he seeks sympathy and redemption from Sonya, a downtrodden prostitute.

Translated with an Introduction and Notes by David McDuff

"Synopsis" by , Includes bibliographical references (p. [xxiii]-xxiv).
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