Crime and Punishment

Crime and Punishment

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By (author) F. M. Dostoevsky, Translated by Richard Pevear, Translated by Larissa Volokhonsky, Introduction by W. J. Leatherbarrow

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  • Publisher: EVERYMAN'S LIBRARY
  • Format: Hardback | 574 pages
  • Dimensions: 124mm x 208mm x 34mm | 662g
  • Publication date: 20 May 1993
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 185715035X
  • ISBN 13: 9781857150353
  • Sales rank: 40,490

Product description

The sordid story of an old woman's murder by a desperate student provides the basis for a profound, philosophical drama of sin, guilt and redemption. Its grim theme and setting are complemented by manic comedy in this edition of Dostoevsky's famous novel.

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Dostoevsky contends with Tolstoy for the title of being the greatest Russian novelist. Although his work exhibits less narrative drive than that of Tolstoy, he demonstrates immeasurably greater psychological insight, especially into the minds of the unbalanced. Crime and Punishment is a novel which can change the reader's life. Unexpectedly readable, with occasional bizarre humour, it takes a theme of great simplicity - Student Raskolnikov kills a pawnbroker and her sister and is then torn apart by his conscience - and endows it with extraordinary surprises, each one more consistent with character than a more conventional solution might have been. A clash of very different people thrown together in an unusual circumstance produces, at length, a sense of inevitability and resolution, and therefore of quite unusual power and compassion. Strongly recommended to all cocksure murderers and self-satisfied policemen, among others. (Kirkus UK)