Crime and Punishment is one of the most popular classics of Russian literature. This masterpiece of Fyodor Dostoyevsky was published first in 1866. Set in the mid-1860s, the novel rotates around Rodion Romanovich Raskolnikov, a 23-year old young man who is rotting in poverty. Narrating a tale of St Petersbury, Dostoyevsky paints a stark picture of Russian socio-economic conditions. Raskolnikov in his poverty develops a need to kill in order to sustain his conditions. One fateful night he comes in acquaintance with Marmeladov a man he has met in the bar, who tells him that his daughter Sonya has turned to prostitution to procure money for her family. A dejected Raskolnikov comes back home only to find that his sister is getting married. Events lead to Raskolnikov killing off Alyona, a shrewd pawnbroker and her mentally unstable sister and stealing their money. Raskolnikov kills without any regret or remorse. He enters a dangerous game with the police. Just when he is about to confess to his murders, another man comes into limelight claiming that he is behind those gory crimes. A whirlwind of psychological maze, Crime and Punishment offers an exhilarating journey.
The author Fyodor Dostoyevsky was a philosopher cum writer. The Russian author had a difficult past with hard labour and Army services dominating his career. He later turned into a writer and a journalist. Some other books written by him are The Idiot, The Brothers Karamazov. This paperback book is available online with the ISBN 13 number of 978-0140449136 and ISBN 10 number of 0140449132.
Features: Crime and Punishment
December 31, 2002
Fyodor Dostoyevsky, David McDuff
Dimensions and Weight
20.3 cm x 15.3 cm x 3.1 cm
About the Author
Fyodor Dostoyevsky (18211881), one of nineteenth-century Russia’s greatest novelists, spent four years in a convict prison in Siberia, after which he was obliged to enlist in the army. In later years his penchant for gambling sent him deeply into debt. Most of his important works were written after 1864, including Notes from Underground, Crime and Punishment, The Idiot, and The Brothers Karamazov, all available from Penguin Classics.
David McDuff was educated at the University of Edinburgh and has translated a number of works for Penguin Classics, including Dostoyevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov.