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Crime and Punishment (Paperback)

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Paperback 720 Pages / Published: 30/01/2003
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A thrilling study of guilt and power, the Penguin Classics edition of Fyodor Dostoyevsky's Crime and Punishment is translated with an introduction and notes by David McDuff.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 Porfiry, a suspicious detective, 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. As the ensuing investigation and trial reveal the true identity of the murderer, Dostoyevsky's dark masterpiece evokes a world where the lines between innocence and corruption, good and evil, blur and everyone's faith in humanity is tested.This vivid translation by David McDuff has been acclaimed as the most accessible version of Dostoyevsky's great novel, rendering its dialogue with a unique force and naturalism. This edition also contains a new chronology of Dostoyevsky's life and work.Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoyevsky (1821-1881) was born in Moscow. From 1849-54 he lived in a convict prison, and in later years his passion for gambling led him deeply into debt. His other works available in Penguin Classics include The Brothers Karamazov, The Idiot and Demons.If you enjoyed Crime and Punishment, you might like Leo Tolstoy's Anna Karenina, also available in Penguin Classics.'McDuff's language is rich and alive'The New York Times Book Review

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9780140449136
Number of pages: 720
Weight: 490 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 31 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"A truly great translation . . . Sometimes new translations of old favourites are surplus to our requirements. . . . Sometimes, though, a new translation really makes us see a favourite masterpiece afresh. And this English version of "Crime and Punishment" really is better. . . . "Crime and Punishment, " as well as being an horrific story and a compelling drama, is also extremely funny. Ready brings out this quality well. . . . That knife-edge between sentimentality and farce has been so skilfully and delicately captured here. . . . Ready's version is colloquial, compellingly modern and--in so far as my amateurish knowledge of the language goes--much closer to the Russian. . . . The central scene in the book . . . is a masterpiece of translation." --A. N. Wilson, "The Spectator"
"This vivid, stylish and rich rendition by Oliver Ready compels the attention of the reader in a way that none of the others I've read comes close to matching. Using a clear and forceful mid-20th-century idiom, Ready gives us an entirely new kind of access to Dostoyevsky's singular, self-reflexive and at times unnervingly comic text. This is the Russian writer's story of moral revolt, guilt and possible regeneration turned into a new work of art. . . . [It] will give a jolt to the nervous system to anyone interested in the enigmatic Russian author." --John Gray, "New Statesman, ""Books of the Year"
"At last we have a translation that brings out the wild humour and vitality of the original." --Robert Chandler, "PEN Atlas"
"What a pleasure it is to see Oliver Ready's new translation bring renewed power to one of the world's greatest works of fiction. . . . Ready's work is of substantial and superb quality. . . . [His] version portrays more viscerally and vividly the contradictory nature of Raskolnikov's consciousness. . . . Ready evokes the crux of "Crime and Punishment" with more power than the previous translators have . . . with an enviably raw economy of prose." --"The Curator"
"Oliver Ready's dynamic translation certainly succeeds in implicating new readers to Dostoyevsky's old novel." --"The Times Literary Supplement"
"Ready's new translation of "Crime and Punishment" is thoughtful and elegant [and] shows us once again why this novel is one of the most intriguing psychological studies ever written. His translation also manages to revive the disturbing humor of the original. . . . In some places, Ready's version echoes Pevear and Volokhonsky's prize-winning Nineties version, but he often renders Dostoyevsky's text more lucidly while retaining its deliberately uncomfortable feel. . . . Ready's colloquial, economical use of language gives the text a new power." --"Russia Beyond the Headlines"
"[A] five-star hit, which will make you see the original with new eyes."""--A. N. Wilson, ""The Times Literary Supplement"," "Books of the Year"


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“Gets you thinking hard”

I am trying to read more of the classics - those books you hear about, but no-one actually seems to have read. I was pleasantly surprised with the Wordsworth Classics range - the price is so low for the size of the... More

Paperback edition
24th May 2012
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“Crime and Punishment”

"Dostoevsky that great psychologist" This book should be taught in psychology classes. Human consciousness and unconscious is examined in their full frailty in this novel. A crime is thought, planned and... More

Paperback edition
30th June 2007
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“One of all time favourites!”

A very interesting book that looks inside that mystical creature that is called Human. If you are interested in how people's minds work than it is a must read.

Paperback edition
10th October 2017
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