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Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
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Crime and Punishment (1866)

by Fyodor Dostoevsky

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The Pevear-Volokonsky translation made a huge difference. I ve tackled the book 3 or 4 times before their work. ( )
  ted_newell | Jun 20, 2015 |
An amazing book - full of passionate and highly eccentric characters - apparently Columbo was based on the character of the police inspector! ( )
  lee-mervin | Apr 25, 2015 |
The novel tells the story of Raskolnikov, a student in St. Petersburg, Russia. Consumed by poverty, oppression and decadence, Raskolnikov is isolated from most other human beings. In his self-alienation, he begins to see himself as a superior being, a sort of "superman" who transcends the moral laws that connect the others. He seeks a way to "validate" himself and his feelings of superiority, a process that has often been termed "suicide by self-assertion". Dostoevsky had lived in Western Europe and, as a Christian, he saw the dangers of intellectual fashionable ideas such as nihilism and utilitarianism. Dostoevsky began as a socialist co-conspirator, only to be condemned by the tsarist regime to four years' hard labor in Siberia. The man who came back from prison was not the same. He devoted himself to the study and exploration of ideas. He traveled to Europe to listen to the great secular, progressive thinkers of his day. What finally emerged was a man totally determined to undermine the ruinous ideologies of his time. He did have his demons and personal tragedies. But he was a man (as shown by the essayist Chuck Colson) who understood that behaviour follows belief. The way we live as individuals, and the decisions taken by national leaders are the results of a battle of ideas that did not start yesterday and will not end tomorrow. ( )
  jgcorrea | Apr 24, 2015 |

In the realm of Books of Genius this book is a 4-star Book of Genius.

Raskolnikov's interior life is, of course, what makes this novel great. But Sonya is too good, and Katerina is too crazy, and everyone else in the novel just a little too conveniently placed for me to feel satisfied with this story. Marmalodov just happens to have his accident where Raskolnikov sees it. Svidrigaïlov just happens to live next door to Sonya. And on and on, a little maddeningly. I kept getting thrown out of the story by the contrivances.

So however stunningly insightful the portrayal of Raskolnikov is--and what a miracle it is!--I'm still not happy with this book. I'm trying to argue myself out of this position. I'm thinking, well, it's no more contrived than Hamlet, for instance. I guess I expect more fluid plotting in a novel than a play.

For this reading of C&P, I listened to Constance Garnett on audiobook, while I was also reading from the Pevear and Volokhonsky translation. I discovered I'm one of those odd readers who strongly prefer Garnett. I feel in many cases that her language says the same thing in a more direct and elegant way. ( )
  poingu | Jan 29, 2015 |
Loved it!
(That's it. I don't review obviously great books) ( )
1 vote Scarchin | Jan 24, 2015 |
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Dostoevsky, Fyodorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Björkegren, HansTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Borja, CorinneIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Borja, RobertIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Brockway, HarryIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Brodal, JanTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Canon, Raymond R.Introductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Coulson, JessieTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Eggink, ClaraTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Eggink, ClaraEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Eichenberg, FritzIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Garnett, ConstanceTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Geier, SwetlanaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Guidall, GeorgeNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hoffmann, RichardÜbersetzersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Katzer, JuliusTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Pevear, RichardTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Prina, SerenaEditor and Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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On an exceptionally hot evening early in July a young man came out of the garret in which he lodged in S. Place and walked slowly, as though in hesitation, towards K. bridge. (Garnett translation)
Toward the end of a sultry afternoon early in July a young man came out of his little room in Stolyarny Lane and turned slowly and somewhat irresolutely in the direction of Kamenny Bridge. (Coulson translation)
On a very hot evening at the beginning of July a young man left his little room at the top of a house in Carpenter Lane, went out into the street, and, as though unable to make up his mind, walked slowly in the direction of Kokushkin Bridge.
At the beginning of July, during an extremely hot spell, towards evening, a young man left the closet he rented from tenants in S____y Lane, walked out to the street, and slowly, as if indecisively, headed for the K______n Bridge. (Pevear and Volokhonsky translation)
In het begin van juli, het was tegen de avond en bijzonder warm, verliet een jongeman het kamertje dat hij aan de S-steeg in onderhuur bewoonde, en begaf zich traag, besluiteloos bijna, in de richting van de K-brug.
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The original Russian title is “Преступление и наказание”.
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How Raskolnikov, a former student, deluded, kind, handsome, mercilessly intellectual, comes half-dreaming with a borrowed hatchet to murder an old woman money-lender, is the central action of Crime and Punishment.

From its opening pages Dostoyevsky attaches us unreservedly to his hero, creating an intimacy that is claustrophobic, full of tension, and as haunting and relentless as a love affair. Begun as a novel concerned with the psychology of a crime and the processes of guilt, it surpasses itself to take on the tragic force of myth.

It is the king of murder stories. And of detective stories. And of thrillers... writes John Jones in his classic study of Dostoyevsky, calling Crime and Punishment the most accessible and exciting novel in the world.

The cover shows a painting by an anonymous artist in the Russian Museum, Leningrad.
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Student with an axe:
Napoleon or madman?
Siberian gaol.

(Michael.Rimmer)

Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0553211757, Mass Market Paperback)

A desperate young man plans the perfect crime -- the murder of a despicable pawnbroker, an old women no one loves and no one will mourn. Is it not just, he reasons, for a man of genius to commit such a crime, to transgress moral law -- if it will ultimately benefit humanity? So begins one of the greatest novels ever written: a powerful psychological study, a terrifying murder mystery, a fascinating detective thriller infused with philosophical, religious and social commentary. Raskolnikov, an impoverished student living in a garret in the gloomy slums of St. Petersburg, carries out his grotesque scheme and plunges into a hell of persecution, madness and terror. Crime And Punishment takes the reader on a journey into the darkest recesses of the criminal and depraved mind, and exposes the soul of a man possessed by both good and evil ... a man who cannot escape his own conscience.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:03:28 -0400)

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Determined to overreach his humanity and assert his untrammeled individual will, Raskolnikov, and impoverished student living in the St. Petersburg of the Tsars, commits an act of murder and theft and sets into motion a story which, for its excruciating suspense, its atmospheric vividness, and its profundity of characterization and vision, is almost unequaled in the literatures of the world.… (more)

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