Crime and Punishment

Crime and Punishment : A Novel in Six Parts with Epilogue

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Crime and Punishment (1866) is the story of a murder committed on principle, of a killer who wishes by his action to set himself outside and above society. A novel of great physical and psychological tension, pervaded by Dostoevsky's sinister evocation of St Petersburg, it also has moments of wild humour. Dostoevsky's own harrowing experiences mark the novel. He had himself undergone interrogation and trial, and was condemned to death, a sentence commuted at the last moment to penal servitude. In prison he was particularly impressed by one hardened murderer who seemed to have attained a spiritual equilibrium beyond good and evil: yet witnessing the misery of other convicts also engendered in Dostoevsky a belief in the Christian idea of salvation through suffering.

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  • Paperback | 564 pages
  • 132.08 x 200.66 x 30.48mm | 430.91g
  • Random House USA Inc
  • Vintage Books
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0679734503
  • 9780679734505
  • 48,589

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The best [translation of "Crime and Punishment"] currently available An especially faithful re-creation with a coiled-spring kinetic energy Don t miss it. "Washington Post Book World " This fresh, new translation provides a more exact, idiomatic, and contemporary rendition of the novel that brings Fyodor Dostoevsky s tale achingly alive It succeeds beautifully. "San Francisco Chronicle " Reaches as close to Dostoevsky s Russian as is possible in English The original s force and frightening immediacy is captured The Pevear and Volokhonsky translation will become the standard English version. "Chicago Tribune""

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