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Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Crime and Punishment (original 1866; edition 2011)

by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Constance Garnett (Translator)

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Title:Crime and Punishment
Authors:Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Other authors:Constance Garnett (Translator)
Info:Simon & Brown (2011), Paperback, 446 pages
Collections:Read in 2012

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Crime and Punishment by Fedor Mikhaïlovitch Dostoïevski (Author) (1866)

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An excellent book on the psyche of a man going through an existential crisis. After committing a murder, the protagonist lives in both guilt and attempt to justify his actions. He falls into paranoia and pays for his crime before his punishment is delivered. The names are extremely long and hard to remember and even harder to pronounce but within the first three hundred pages, I got used to it. ( )
  Rosenstern | Sep 14, 2014 |
Did not enjoy this. It was long, drawn out, confusing and repetitive. I enjoyed the overall level and quality of writing, but I just could not get into the story. ( )
  cebellol | Jul 22, 2014 |
Crime and Punishment has long been my favourite book. I have read the David McDuff translation for Penguin three times. The Pevear & Volokhonsky translation for Vintage, though, blows that one out of the water. It is more immediate, more human, simultaneously capturing the period Dostoevsky was writing in alongside the sense that life is timeless and modernity began in the 1860s. Crime and Punishment is the first true crime novel. As someone who reads a lot of crime, I can see how much Christie, Raymond, La Plante, Chandler, Conan Doyle, all of them owe to this one great novel. Even the writers of Columbo owe a debt to Porfiry Petrovich. There are so many universal themes in the book, too - religious and political fanaticism, science and logic versus faith, the portrait of a psychopath, the disintegration of society under the weight of excess. It is Dostoevsky's masterpiece and, for me, no other work of literature even comes close in scope or achievement. ( )
1 vote missizicks | Jul 13, 2014 |
I was surprise by the way it ended. But definitely one of the greatest work! ( )
  lepensuer | Jun 14, 2014 |
The main thing I loved about his work is the strong characters and how they connected with philosophies. Russia in the mid-1800s was a hotbed of mixing philosophies and personas with rising amounts of socialists, communists, atheists, nihilists, and just general re-envisionings of morality and other basic concepts. Dostoevsky himself was a member of a radical political group in his youth and an atheist and socialist, and was sentenced to death. His death sentence was overturned and became a sentence of hard labor in Siberia. Meanwhile, while he was in Siberia, he was only allowed to read the New Testament and became a very strict Russian orthodox.

His characters are all very philosophical and all discuss their philosophies, mostly externally, but at least internally through narration with the reader as a motivating factor for their actions. As an intelligent and open minded reader, these philosophical diatribes on things that actually matter and could apply to a modern reader's day to day life can be very enlightening. His ultimate philosophical claims don't matter nearly as much as how he and his characters reach them and their dialogues on these issues can still be extremely enlightening and opening to any belief system, portraying legitimately good and bad arguments for all kind of belief systems, in a strict religious sense, but also in the political spectrum, and other general philosophies on morality. Basically, these dialogues serve as amazing food for thought. When I first read Dostoevsky's The Brothers Karamazov years ago, it made me question religion and be more open-minded in regards to religion, and ultimately made me more conservative morally and generally respectful of Christians and their beliefs and helped me see the amazing beauty of Christianity and its implications.

Don't think though, that Dostoevsky's work is all moralizing and edifying though. His writing style is very simple, somewhat similar to Charles Dickens, and the narrative structure is very straightforward and completely linear. His works are very easy when given a chance, and that ties in greatly with how he manages to merge elements of genre fiction into some fine literature. His two main well known epics (out of a total 5 massive novels he wrote) are Crime and Punishment, and the Brothers Karamazov, and both infuse elements of suspense fiction and detective/crime fiction creating a very quickly moving narrative that manages to keep the reader on his toes while still delivering philosophical debates and other things of that nature.

This is all also tied in with Dostoevsky's total sincerity. His works are very sincere, and almost completely lack irony. They feel very trusting and confiding in the reader and don't try to trick you as a reader or see how clever Dostoevsky is, like a lot of literary fiction really doesn't. This sincerity allows readers of Dostoevsky to form strong ties to his characters through seeing them as ultimately broken people, but very real people, through seeing and connecting with both their actions and their reasons for them, in their philosophies. These connections allow me, and presumably most readers of Dostoevsky, to see these characters as real people that could be alive today. These connections also affect me personally as the Brothers Karamazov hit me so hard that it completely solidified my interest in psychological fiction, because I wanted to read more of them in this lifetime, after seeing the beauty and power of literature that can be carried in these amazing texts like most of Dostoevsky's work.

-Ken from NY ( )
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Dostoïevski, Fedor MikhaïlovitchAuthorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Björkegren, HansTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Borja, CorinneIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Borja, RobertIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Brockway, HarryIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Canon, Raymond R.Introductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Coulson, JessieTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Eggink, ClaraEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Eggink, ClaraTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Eichenberg, FritzIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Garnett, ConstanceTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Geier, SwetlanaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Guidall, GeorgeNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hoffmann, RichardÜbersetzersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Jan BrodalTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Jullian, PhilippeIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Katzer, JuliusTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kropotkin, AlexandraTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Manger, HermienTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Meijer, JanTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Pevear, RichardTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Reedijk, LourensTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rydelius, EllenTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Volokhonsky, LarissaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Vuori, M.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.


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.

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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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