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.it wasn't a human being I killed, it was a principle!'

A troubled young man commits the perfect crime - the murder of a vile pawnbroker whom no one will miss.

'The old woman was merely a sickness . . .it wasn't a human being I killed, it was a principle!' Raskolnikov, Crime and Punishment Discover Dostoevsky's masterpiece. 'The old woman was merely a sickness . . .it wasn't a human being I killed, it was a principle!' A 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. TRANSLATED BY RICHARD PEVEAR & LARISSA VOLOKHONSKY

Details

ISBN13: 9780099981909
Format: Paperback / softback
Number of Pages: 592
Edition:
Publication Date: 20 May 1993
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publication City, Country: London,United Kingdom
Dimensions (cm): 19.8(H) x 12.9(W)405
Weight (gm): 405

Author Biography

Fyodor Dostoevsky was born in Moscow on 11th November 1821. He had six siblings and his mother died in 1837 and his father in 1839. He graduated from the St Petersburg Academy of Military Engineering in 1846 but decided to change careers and become a writer. His first book, Poor Folk, did very well but on 23rd April 1849 he was arrested for subversion and sentenced to death. After a mock-execution his sentence was commuted to hard labour in Siberia where he developed epilepsy.He was released in 1854. His 1860 book, The House of the Dead was based on these experiences. In 1857 he married Maria Dmitrievna Isaeva. After his release he adopted more conservative and traditional values and rejected his previous socialist position. In the following years he spent a lot of time abroad, struggled with an addiction to gambling and fell deeply in debt. His wife died in 1864 and he married Anna Grigoryeva Snitkina. In the following years he published his most enduring and successful books, includingCrime and Punishment (1865). He died on 9th February 1881.

Reviews

Dostoevsky makes Martin Amis seem as if he was writing 130 years ago and that Dostoevsky is writing now. Read all of Dostoevsky. These books are for now and they matter, because it's up to us to call a halt to our TV producers, politicians, gutless artists, poets and writers: these "teenagers of all ages" who are propelling us towards a consumerist hell of disposability over quality
Dostoevsky's finest masterpiece * John Bayley *
Donne, Herbert, Shakespeare, Jane Austen, George Eliot, Dostoevsky, Henry James - these are the great psychologists - far greater than Freud or Klein or Jung
The best translation of Crime and Punishment currently available... An especially faithful re-creation...with a coiled-spring kinetic energy... Don't miss it * Washington Post *
Crime and Punishment...is about a big subject - the meaning of life - yet it is gritty, gripping and it's depiction of city life gives it a modern, timeless feel
Crime and Punishment: Translated by Richard Pevear & Larissa Volokhonsky
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