Crime and Punishment : With Selected Excerpts from the Notebooks for Crime and Punishment, Paperback

Crime and Punishment : With Selected Excerpts from the Notebooks for Crime and Punishment Paperback

Part of the Wordsworth Classics series

4.5 out of 5 (5 ratings)


Translated by Constance Garnett with an Introduction and Notes by Dr Keith Carabine, University of Kent at Canterbury.

Crime and Punishment is one of the greatest and most readable novels ever written.

From the beginning we are locked into the frenzied consciousness of Raskolnikov who, against his better instincts, is inexorably drawn to commit a brutal double murder.

From that moment on, we share his conflicting feelings of self-loathing and pride, of contempt for and need of others, and of terrible despair and hope of redemption: and, in a remarkable transformation of the detective novel, we follow his agonised efforts to probe and confront both his own motives for, and the consequences of, his crime.

The result is a tragic novel built out of a series of supremely dramatic scenes that illuminate the eternal conflicts at the heart of human existence: most especially our desire for self-expression and self-fulfilment, as against the constraints of morality and human laws; and our agonised awareness of the world's harsh injustices and of our own mortality, as against the mysteries of divine justice and immortality.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 528 pages, maps
  • Publisher: Wordsworth Editions Ltd
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  • Category: Classic fiction (pre c 1945)
  • ISBN: 9781840224306


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If I had to make a list of books that got under my skin, this would be number one, way above anything else. Do I want to write this..the idea of murder and that you may get carried away with that idea and actually do it is one that really got to me. The interrogation scenes often play out in different variations in my dreams. Unforgettable.

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Another 5* classic. I enjoyed this so much, particularly the subtle way the reader is manipulated in thinking a certain way, only to have it thrown back and overturned. The vivide cycles of repentance, justification, delerium brought on by conscience, the insanity, it's just so wonderfully brought to life. It made me think a lot about the conscience and consciousness of humankind. The way Dostoevsky describes emotions and what Raskolnikov is going through is ... it's like the words are just an irrelivant unimportant medium for this really strong vivid emotion which is being shown to us. I hope that makes sense. A fantastic story, with many different levels. The writing is so easy to get into and so gripping, I guarantee pretty much anybody will be able to read it and enjoy it.

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Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment stands as one of literatures greatest explorations of the human psyche, well the base part of that psyche. There is not much that is pleasant in the world of Rodion Romanovich Raskolnikov. Following his planned murder of the pawnbroker Alena Ivanovna and the subsequent murder of Lizaveta , the sister who stumbles into the scene of the crime we are propelled through his swirling half mad mind.In a series of set pieces he attempts to rationalise and understand his behaviour whilst simultaneously dealing with the usual criminal issues of guilt, paranoia and abjection.Murder, alcoholism, mental illness, child cruelty, domestic abuse, etc, etc Dostoevsky minutely examines each and more through the characters that swirl around Raskolnikov in his 19th Century Petersburg.Go on, immerse yourself in the depravity and inertia that is the mind of Rodion Romanovich Raskolnikov.

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I admit, I read this because it was a 'Classic'. And I only give it 3 stars because...WHERE WAS THE EDITOR? If this novel went to a publisher today, without the aura of 'classic' I guarantee it would have been cut by a third, and been better for it.I know I come across as a philistine, but I didn't see the protagonist progress: he was self-absorbed, alienated with a severe case of adolescent angst before he committed the murder, and afterwards he carried on just the same with a mixture of wanting to retire to his bed with not wanting to wash too much or communicate with his relatives. Typical university student. How many pages of this reiteration did I have to read - I got it, he wasn't a happy bunny. (And ok yes, in the afterword he surprisingly decided to grow up and see beyond himself).I just think this relentlessness was a shame, because it got in the way of the wonderful characterisations, the depiction of horrific poverty, especially where it concerned dependent women and children (the later revolution began to make sense in this context). The idea of the novel was fascinating - to carry out murders being acceptable if you are a winning 'Napoleon'. The atmosphere was dark and powerful. The ideas thought-provoking.Just sometimes, less is more.

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What else can be said that hasn't yet been said about this book? I thoroughly enjoyed it - even though it's large, it's in Russia and it's in the late 19th century. The sheer psychological complexity, evolution and human pathos of the main character are unique in world literature. It's truly a masterpiece.

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