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Title:
Crime and punishment
Author:
Dostoyevsky, Fyodor, 1821-1881.
Uniform Title:
Prestuplenie i nakazanie. English
Publication Information:
New York : Signet Classic, [1999]

©1999
Physical Description:
xix, 539 pages : map ; 18 cm
General Note:
Previously published: New York : New American Library, 1968.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
850 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR UG 8.7 40.0 703.

Reading Counts RC High School 11 39 Quiz: 14013 Guided reading level: NR.
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ISBN:
9780451527233
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

Set in Russia in the midst of its troubled transition to the modern age, Crime and Punishment is the profound human drama of Raskolnikov, a sensitive intellectual driven by poverty and the belief of his exemption from moral law. Through his unforgettable gallery of characters, Fyodor Dostoyevsky provides a provocative look at the human motivations of obsession and possession with unflinching philosophical and moral insight. A masterpiece of dramatic literature by one of the greaest novelists of our time.


Author Notes

One of the most powerful and significant authors in all modern fiction, Fyodor Dostoevsky was the son of a harsh and domineering army surgeon who was murdered by his own serfs (slaves), an event that was extremely important in shaping Dostoevsky's view of social and economic issues. He studied to be an engineer and began work as a draftsman. However, his first novel, Poor Folk (1846), was so well received that he abandoned engineering for writing.

In 1849, Dostoevsky was arrested for being a part of a revolutionary group that owned an illegal printing press. He was sentenced to be executed, but the sentence was changed at the last minute, and he was sent to a prison camp in Siberia instead. By the time he was released in 1854, he had become a devout believer in both Christianity and Russia - although not in its ruler, the Czar.

During the 1860's, Dostoevsky's personal life was in constant turmoil as the result of financial problems, a gambling addiction, and the deaths of his wife and brother. His second marriage in 1887 provided him with a stable home life and personal contentment, and during the years that followed he produced his great novels: Crime and Punishment (1886), the story of Rodya Raskolnikov, who kills two old women in the belief that he is beyond the bounds of good and evil; The Idiots (1868), the story of an epileptic who tragically affects the lives of those around him; The Possessed (1872), the story of the effect of revolutionary thought on the members of one Russian community; A Raw Youth (1875), which focuses on the disintegration and decay of family relationships and life; and The Brothers Karamazov (1880), which centers on the murder of Fyodor Karamazov and the effect the murder has on each of his four sons. These works have placed Dostoevsky in the front rank of the world's great novelists. Dostoevsky was an innovator, bringing new depth and meaning to the psychological novel and combining realism and philosophical speculation in his complex studies of the human condition.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

An acclaimed new translation of the classic Russian novel. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


Choice Review

Before too many more years have passed, it will have been a century since Constance Garnett first translated Dostoevsky into English and, despite all her faults, set the standard for later translators, of whom there have been many. McDuff has done a very good job with this classic of world literature. His version reads well, not like a translation (he has rendered a number of other Russian works, by varied authors, into English). Comparison of his translation with the original on the one hand, and the Garnett translation on the other, shows that McDuff is scrupulously faithful to the original, and that he understands the Russian more precisely in many instances than does Garnett, but that Garnett has a command of English style which McDuff often cannot match. However, this translation is nicely produced and is equipped with both a stimulating introduction by the translator and extensive, judiciously done notes, which are of considerable assistance in understanding the text.-C. A. Moser, George Washington University


Excerpts

Excerpts

'Everybody wants to change the world. Nobody thinks to change himself.' Excerpted from Crime and Punishment (stage Version) by Fyodor Dostoyevsky All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.