Crime And Punishment, Paperback Book
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TRANSLATED BY RICHARD PEVEAR & LARISSA VOLOKHONSKYA troubled young man commits the perfect crime - the murder of a vile pawnbroker whom no one will miss.

Raskolnikov is desperate for money, but convinces himself that his motive for the murder is to benefit mankind.

So begins one of the greatest novels ever written, a journey into the criminal mind, a police thriller, and a philosophical meditation on morality and redemption.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 592 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Publishing
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  • Category: Classic fiction (pre c 1945)
  • ISBN: 9780099981909

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in general, every russian novel i've read has knocked me for a loop. this one was no exception. and that's all i can think to say at the moment.

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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.