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Crime and punishment
Dostoyevsky, Fyodor, 1821-1881.
Uniform Title:
Prestuplenie i nakazanie. English.
Publication Information:
[Place of publication not identified] : Naxos AudioBooks Ltd., [1994]

Physical Description:
3 audio discs (3 hrs. 44 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
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Compact discs.

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Audiobook on CD


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XX(1070535.1) V.3 Adult Audiobook on CD Audiobooks

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One of the most gripping psychological thrillers ever written. Music: Rachmaninov.

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

Dostoyevski's classic novel of murder and guilt, featuring the conflicted killer Raskolnikov and his intellectually nimble antagonist Porfiry Petrovich, is read by the well-regarded Dick Hill. The combination should make for a must-listen audiobook, but the results are disappointingly plodding. Hill overemotes much of Dostoyevski's emotionally charged dialogue, rendering a delicate series of encounters as an array of outbursts and breakdowns. Listeners might find themselves wishing that Hill would restrain himself from the pitfalls of facile emotion in favor of a straight delivery of the inherent drama and descriptive splendor of the novel In a welcome technological twist, however, Tantor includes an e-book with this audiobook (as it does with most of its classic audiobooks), giving readers multiple options for how they might prefer to encounter Dostoyevski. (Sept.) (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



'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.