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Crime and Punishment (Oxford World's Classics) [Kindle Edition]

Fyodor Dostoevsky , Jessie Coulson , Richard Peace
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Crime and Punishment is one of the most important novels of the nineteenth century. It is the story of a murder committed on principle, of a killer who wishes to set himself outside and above society. It is marked by Dostoevsky's own harrowing experience in penal servitude, and yet contains moments of wild humour. This new edition of the authoritative and readable Coulson translation, comes with a challenging new introduction and notes which bring out many of the novel's
most important - and difficult - aspects. - ;Crime and Punishment is the story of a murder committed on principle, of a killer who wishes by his action to set himself outside and above society. A novel of fearful tension, physical, and psychological, it is pervaded by Dostoevsky's sinister evocation of St Petersburg, yet in the life of its gloomy tenements and drink-shops provides moments of wild humour.

Crime and Punishment was marked by Dostoevsky's own harrowing experiences. He had himself undergone interrogation and trial, and was condemned to death, a sentence commuted to penal servitude. In prison he was particularly impressed by one hardened murderer who seemed to have attained a spiritual equilibrium beyond good and evil: yet witnessing the misery of other convicts also engendered in Dostoevsky a belief in the Christian idea of salvation through suffering. -

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Richard Peace is Emeritus Professor of Russian at Bristol University. He is the author of Dostoevsky: An Examination of his Major Novels.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2250 KB
  • Print Length: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, UK (9 Nov 1995)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008B3948M
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Make sure you only buy this translation 23 Aug 2006
By Martin
Format:Paperback
You probably know all about the general storylines and themes of this book, and how it delves into just about every area of human life from the existence of God to alcoholism... So I'll just speak of the translation. This is the ONLY English translation worth buying, it is poetic, fluid, and at times even lyrical but is always faithful to Dostoevsky's original. [] You can only really appreciate this novel in English through this translation.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An utterly thrilling read 12 Mar 2004
By A Customer
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At first i was not at all tempted to read tis book, crime novels are not particually my favourite, although hearing that this was the first of its kind i thought i'd try; and i'm certainly glad i did.
This is an incredibly gripping read and makes you question certain ethics in society. I was actually quite astonished to find myself compassionate for the protagonist and even found myself hoping for him.
This book will keep you up all night and on the edge of your seat until the very end.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Required reading for the 'Big Society' 23 Mar 2011
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I have read 'Crime and Punishment' twice: in my teens and now twenty years later. It is the story of an impoverished ex-student who shuts himself away in his dingy bedsit and cooks up a theory that the great men of history are above the law, then sets out to prove himself one of them by committing murder. In my teens I probably romanticised Raskolnikov: now I find him grandiose, sullen, callous and self-deluded, and yet I still felt anxious for him as he went to pieces within his self-justifications. It is Dostoevsky's acute psychological understanding that makes this book such a gripping read. Raskolnikov does not engage with life itself, but with his ideas about it. Essentially, his crime is that he has set himself apart from humankind; he is to all intents and purposes dead to the world. (In this sense his crime brings its own punishment.) He only returns to life when he finally acknowledges Sonya and at last shows himself capable of true fellow-feeling.
This novel may be a classic but that does not mean it is not contemporary. Undoubtedly the world has its share of Raskolnikovs, but there are many more 'ordinary' people out there feeling increasingly disconnected from life. Anyone with big ideas about the' Big Society' (or just having to live with the consequences of them) ignores this book at their peril!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So Very Dark 19 April 2003
By A Customer
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Dostoevsky's novel is a wonderful meditation on so many themes, most of which you'll see outlined in other reviwes. The thing that gripped me the most was how astute it is in realising the black confusion of an individual ship wrecked with guilt and mental discord - althougth I've never murdered a Russian money lender, I felt I could identify with the emotional turmoil and sick, tired world view of Raskolnikov. Not that it's all black as night. The rays of hope are clear, and I found convincing. The novel also succeeds in not allowing anyone to fall neatly into a "hero" "villain" stereotype -Dostoevsky's world is too real for that, full of broken people, crippled with sin, but reaching after something more. It's dark kids, but oh yes is it ever worth the read.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A truly haunting masterpiece 26 Jan 2003
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'Crime and Punishment' is the story of a young intellectual (Raskolnikov) who abandons traditional values of right and wrong and replaces them with a more utilitarian approach, in which an act is justified by the amount of good it can produce. This leads him to murder a moneylender so that her (immorally obtained?) wealth can be redistributed to more righteous causes (including his own education). The question of what constitutes a crime and how the guilty should be punished recurs throughout, not just in relation to the murder but also through other themes such as a loveless yet convenient marriage and prostitution out of desperation. The book is seen from the murderer's perspective, concentrating on his psychological state.
It is a brilliant precursor of the existentialist literature of the twentieth century. Raskolnikov is the equivalent of Camus' Meersault, neither hero nor villain. Dostoyevsky gives Raskolnikov a hope of redemption (through Sonya and God), but it is not clear if he takes it or not. The confusion of a life without an absolute moral code is wonderfully played out as Raskolnikov realises his theory has failed and he is forced to confront the nature of his own punishment, which he accepts as necessary and inevitable.
The book is very readable, and not cluttered with the philosophising of other of Dostoyevsky's works. The moral is all in the telling. The characters are very romanticised (much swooning and emotional outbursts) but each served to illustrate the book's thesis wonderfully. There is even a little comic interplay between Raskolnikov and his pursuer in the police force, Porfiry Petrovich (an early Columbo), though Raskolnikov's tension during these interviews is amply portrayed.
The book succeeds where many latter ones failed.
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