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  • Paperback: 656 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd; New edition edition (29 Aug. 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140445285
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140445282
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 2.6 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 192,987 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoyevsky was born in Moscow in 1821, the second of a physician's seven children. His mother died in 1837 and his father was murdered a little over two years later. When he left his private boarding school in Moscow he studied from 1838 to 1843 at the Military Engineering College in St Petersburg, graduating with officer's rank. His first story to be published, 'Poor Folk' (1846), was a great success.

In 1849 he was arrested and sentenced to death for participating in the 'Petrashevsky circle'; he was reprieved at the last moment but sentenced to penal servitude, and until 1854 he lived in a convict prison at Omsk, Siberia. In the decade following his return from exile he wrote The Village of Stepanchikovo (1859) and The House of the Dead (1860). Whereas the latter draws heavily on his experiences in prison, the former inhabits a completely different world, shot through with comedy and satire.

In 1861 he began the review Vremya (Time) with his brother; in 1862 and 1863 he went abroad, where he strengthened his anti-European outlook, met Mlle Suslova, who was the model for many of his heroines, and gave way to his passion for gambling. In the following years he fell deeply in debt, but in 1867 he married Anna Grigoryevna Snitkina (his second wife), who helped to rescue him from his financial morass. They lived abroad for four years, then in 1873 he was invited to edit Grazhdanin (The Citizen), to which he contributed his Diary of a Writer. From 1876 the latter was issued separately and had a large circulation. In 1880 he delivered his famous address at the unveiling of Pushkin's memorial in Moscow; he died six months later in 1881. Most of his important works were written after 1864: Notes from Underground (1864), Crime and Punishment (1865-6), The Gambler (1866), The Idiot (1869), The Devils (1871) and The Brothers Karamazov (1880).



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Raskolnikov, a destitute and desperate former student, wanders
through the slums of St Petersburg and commits a random murder without
remorse or regret. He imagines himself to be a great man, a Napoleon:
acting for a higher purpose beyond conventional moral law. But as he
embarks on a dangerous game of cat and mouse with a suspicious police
investigator, Raskolnikov is pursued by the growing voice of his conscience
and finds the noose of his own guilt tightening around his neck. Only
Sonya, a downtrodden prostitute, can offer the chance of redemption. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Born in Moscow in 1821, Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoyevsky lived in a convict prison from 1849 to 1854, and in later years his passion for gambling led him deeply into debt. In 1880 he delivered his famous address at the unveiling of Pushkin's memorialin Moscow; he died six months later in 1881. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By YeahYeahNoh TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 9 Mar. 2013
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Reading the classics is often quite hard work. Commonly there will be a turn of phrase of wording, or dialects which are non-too familiar to the modern reader. This is surprisingly easy to read, the main challenge by modern standards is therefore simply one of length.
Whereas I can often finish a Kindle novel in a couple of sessions this was much longer, but never boring. I found it demanded longer sessions of attention though, so at times I had this for when I had half an hour or more, and other shorter/lighter books for those snatched moments on the bus, train or before meetings!
I didn't really know what to expect. What I got was a great story, with romance, mystery, and of course both crime and punishment! Genuinely glad to have finally read this, and this Penguin edition is excellent. The annotated text is easy to follow, and the notes are regular enough to be useful, but not so often as to be annoying.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Roman Clodia TOP 100 REVIEWER on 3 Dec. 2010
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Dark, thrilling, frenzied and macabre, this is the most accessible way into Dostoevsky. Built around the story of a crime, this yet spills over into the satirical and philosophical.

The figures of Raskolnikov and Sonya are both realistic and yet also representational and it is part of Dostoevsky's tragic and almost manic vision that it is the prostitute who can offer a form of redemption.

Some people have complained that this is a depressing book: it's certainly dark and has no easy happy ending - but is still a powerful glimpse into Dostoevsky's mind.
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By Kelz on 15 Nov. 2012
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It may not be fair to give only four stars however my reasoning for this is due to how different it is to other books I have read. This book is of a unique nature and in an intelligent way too. The author first of all tells the events of what happened in the murderer's perspective. The rest of the story falls into a general narrative. So although anyone sane doesn't agree what he did to be correct, it tricks the reader into giving sympathy towards this character Raskolnikoff. It covers the subjects of guilt, remorse and justice. I found it to be really sinister and eerie in parts not in a bad way but this shows that the author has created a certain sort of atmosphere for the reader to take part in. The amount of characters can play havoc with the memory but stay with it as it is totally worth it. I really enjoyed reading this I would however have to say that I do not think that I will read anything like it once again, so I may need to read it again one day.
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This novel has probably put me off reading a lot of other classic literature, as I read it with little enjoyment, and only read it to the end because others had deemed it so great. I really did not take to the premise of the poor student who coldly decides to kill an aging moneylender ( he talks of her as a louse, but really he is the louse) and then spends the rest of the book justifying his actions. The other main character of the girl he befriends who is trying to be a prostitute, comes across as pathetic to my mind too. I don't quite know what Dostoevsky was aiming at, but it just came across as pointless (if there was any redemption in the story it was just too weak), with both unsympathetic characters and storyline.
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Dostoevsky needs no comment from me. Instead I shall praise this beautiful edition. It is striking, handsome, and collectible. It is the best in the series after the incomparable edition of Lady Chatterley's Lover. Each volume originally sold for £100.
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By tc on 28 April 2014
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Almost modern in some respects. Fascinating character and really makes you question the morality of the various people involved. Really enjoyed this.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mrs Elisabeth Le Brocq on 15 July 2013
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Dostoyevsky explores Crime, punishment and redemption in surroundings of poverty squalor and intellectual consideration of man as individual and as part of a society. If there is a weakness for the reader today it would be that the redemption effected is a Christian one and the ending may be construed as sentimental BUT as the ethical standards in our largely secular society relate closely to those of a Christian society this is for the individual reader to decide.
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The exploration of a mind is what entices me to read and reread this book..
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By T. Phillips on 2 Jan. 2007
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I won't bother writing a review about Crime and Punishment, it's a truly amazing and unforgettable novel that should be read by all, and there are plenty of other in-depth reviews on other editions. What I will write about is the fantastic limited edition here - it looks truly stunning in it's perspex case. Get one whilst you can!

In case Amazon still haven't added a picture, Penguin have one on their web site.
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