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Crime And Punishment: A Novel in Six Parts with Epilogue (Vintage Classics) [Paperback]

Fyodor Dostoevsky , Richard Pevear , Larissa Volokhonsky
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20 May 1993 Vintage Classics


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.

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  • Paperback: 592 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Classics; New Ed edition (20 May 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099981904
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099981909
  • Product Dimensions: 3.5 x 13.2 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 21,453 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"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" (Billy Childish)

"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" (Sally Vickers)

"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 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" (Leila Aboulela, author of The Translator)

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'The old woman was merely a sickness . . .it wasn't a human being I killed, it was a principle!' Raskolnikov, Crime and Punishment

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87 of 91 people found the following review helpful
I read the Wordsworth Classics translation of Crime and Punishment when I was 16 and thought it was awful. I could not understand why this book was considered such a masterpiece. Afterwards I read the Penguin translation by David McDuff. It was much better. A good read, and I realised the importance of a good translation. Then I came across the Vintage edition by Richard Pevear. Its brilliant!! By far the best. The Penguin edition by comparison is stitled, unfluent, and the language is quite dated. Pevear's translation reads like a modern novel, and you feel the passion, the darkness, the cerebral torments of Dostoevsky's characters. Its impossible to hype this book enough. It is quite simply one of the greatest novels ever written and this translation does it justice. Most bookstores will have numerous copies of the Penguin edition. Ignore it, and get hold of the Vintage one. Its miles better!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Crime and Punishment. 10 May 2004
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This is brilliant translation. It’s lucid and easy prose make this normally heavy going novel seem like a modern piece of work written in English. You don’t need to look any further for the best translation of Crime and Punishment.
The novel itself focuses on a young poor student Raskolnikov and his murder of an old woman. Believing himself to be exempt from the rules of society he attempts to continue on with his life. However his conscience catches up with him and his isolation from other characters drives him mad. It is book of great psychological depth and its main character is one of the most brilliant ever conceived. The story also delivers a powerful climax and it contains such rich ideas that it more than rewards the effort you put into reading it. After I’d finished the book and started something else I realized how much more dimensional Dostoevsky’s work is compared to other authors.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good read 26 Oct 2006
By Monica
Dostoyevsky's Crime and Punishment is the first classic detective story. But that is not even where it excels. With the Brothers Karamazov, it elevated Dostoyevsky to a mega writer when it comes to dissecting the mind and soul of characters for the readers. It is a great book of psychology. While it competes with Anna Karenina as the most widely read 19th century Russian novel in the English-speaking world, it is judged by many to be superior in its depth and lessons. The book's hero exemplifies all young ideologues who are wrestling with a new idea which they think can elevate them to the levels of great historic figures in their initial steps towards greatness. Often, a barrier has to be crossed which takes the potential legendary figure into an irreversible course. In Crime and Punishment, Raskolnikov who is the hero is a poor, intelligent and thoughtful student who is convinced that he has a mission for the advancement of mankind. He convinces himself that the mission has to start with him crossing over to greatness by robbing and killing an old woman, a pawnbroker, whose death, he had convinced himself would do the world more good than harm. This conviction is based on his judgment that she cheats her clients and holds money that could be used for humanity. He then commits the murder, but is forced to kill the pitiful Elizabetha, the landlady's sister. The novel begins its twists and turns after these murders, with the introduction of the cunning detective who gets to investigate the murder and makes Raskolnikov his principal suspect. Read more ›
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a cheerful story 16 Dec 2013
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A classic book but by no means easy to like. The translation while quite modern was rather clunky, with, for example, excessive use of the word "loathing" (perhaps matching the Russian) where variation with "disgust", "disdain" or " hatred" would read much better.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful read & copy 30 Oct 2013
By Phil G
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There is something great about the Vintage Classics novels selection compared to others, from the beautiful graphics on the cover to the quality of the book. And then you have the amazing words from Dostoevsky to accompany it.

Highly, highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars To Be Napoleon 24 Sep 2008
By demola
What justifies murder? This question runs through C&P. Raskolnikov is a "former student" fallen on hard times. He's pawned everything he has and as he struggles to survive he builds up a tortuous rationalization for murder. Afterall, if Napoleon can dispense with tens of thousands of lives on his road to greatness why not him? He then cold-heartedly kills his pawnbroker, an old 'louse", and her sister so he could steal three thousand roubles he thinks he needs to get a good start in life. The rest of the book revolves around whether he confesses or gets away with it.

The story is long (typical of 19th cent. novels) but take this book along on train journeys and you'll be fine. You will need to remember that this is more a psychological than a crime thriller. As I write this there is a banking crisis out there and the masters of the universe who grew stupendously rich selling dodgy products to the gullible and innocent are now begging the taxpayer to bail them out. White collar crime and ethical conflicts of interest may not be comparable to murder (does financial destruction of others count?) but still ... I mean how far will you go to succeed? You think you know when you're rational, sober and your life is full of promise. But as the detective Porfiry Petrovich said "reality and human nature .. are very important things, and .. they sometimes bring down the most perspicacious calculatons!" Quite.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I really hope that the same translation will be reprinted in a...
This is an acclaimed translation, the definitive version for our times.

Re this edition, it is a very very fat paperback and hard to hold open. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Sam
4.0 out of 5 stars Atmospheric Classic
Perhaps Enjoyable is not the word I would use to describe this book, but from a master storyteller, a portrayal of the terrible crime and disintergation of a young man as well as a... Read more
Published 5 months ago by echo
3.0 out of 5 stars Spoiler Alert!
Russian guy murders two old women with an axe for reasons unclear and gets sent to Siberia for eight years. It is hinted that he becomes a reformed character. I sped read it.
Published 9 months ago by Dave
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply a classic
Deservedly a classic. I can't add to what experts have already written, except to say that, if you're contemplating Dostoyevsky for the first time, you shouldn't be put off by the... Read more
Published 14 months ago by ROBIN
4.0 out of 5 stars one of the great profound works of literature, moderately well...
this is of course absolutely one of the great moral and philosophical classics rendered into heart disturbing imaginative literature. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Angus Jenkinson
5.0 out of 5 stars Arrived well packed and very good condition
This is a great translation of one of the best novels by the 19 century Russian master. Excellent edition, many thanks.
Published 17 months ago by Robert Evans
4.0 out of 5 stars Crime and Punishment
Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment is an indisputable classic. Despite the connotations of its title which allude to clandestine activity, ruthless villains and a plot driven battle... Read more
Published on 25 July 2011 by marionkatrina
1.0 out of 5 stars Dear Lord.
I was keen to read this book as a necessary part of my literary education. I read the Penguin Classic translation and must admit that I spent most of the novel wondering whether... Read more
Published on 4 Jan 2010 by E. Coates
5.0 out of 5 stars Very readable
This is the best translation of this classic I have come across as others have said and it makes the novel easier to read and follow, whilst not detracting from the story or its... Read more
Published on 18 Dec 2007 by M S P
3.0 out of 5 stars Good translations cannot break down the language barrier
Ah, that most capricious of customers: the classic. The very idea can conjure up the image of dark alleyways, men in top hats and overcoats, enticingly dusty smells and dark oil... Read more
Published on 7 Oct 2007 by Sam J. Ruddock
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