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Crime and Punishment

Fyodor Dostoyevsky


PUBLISHED: 31st March 2006
ISBN: 9780451530066
ANNOTATION:
This edition of one of the world's greatest novels—the classic story of justice, morality, and redemption set in19th-century Russia—features a new Afterword and a brand-new package. Revised reissue.
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PUBLISHED: 31st March 2006
ISBN: 9780451530066
ANNOTATION:
This edition of one of the world's greatest novels—the classic story of justice, morality, and redemption set in19th-century Russia—features a new Afterword and a brand-new package. Revised reissue.

Annotation

This edition of one of the world's greatest novels—the classic story of justice, morality, and redemption set in19th-century Russia—features a new Afterword and a brand-new package. Revised reissue.

Publisher Description

One of the world's greatest novels, Crime and Punishment is the story of a murder and its consequences—an unparalleled tale of suspense set in the midst of nineteenth-century Russia's troubled transition to the modern age.

In the slums of czarist St. Petersburg lives young Raskolnikov, a sensitive, intellectual student. The poverty he has always known drives him to believe that he is exempt from moral law. But when he puts this belief to the test and commits murder, there results unbearable suffering. Crime and punishment, the novel reminds us, "grow from the same seed."

"No other novelist," wrote Irving Howe of Dostoyevsky, "has dramatized so powerfully the values and dangers, the uses and corruptions of systematized thought." But Sigmund Freud and others saw the Russian's work in a different light. Said Freud, "He might have been a liberator of mankind. Instead he chose to be its jailer."

"He is the only psychologist I have anything to learn from."—Friedrich Nietzsche

Author Biography

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Review

"He is the only psychologist I have anything to learn from."--Friedrich Nietzsche "No other novelist has dramatized so powerfully the values and dangers, the uses and corruptions of systematized thought."--Irving Howe

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"He is the only psychologist I have anything to learn from."--Friedrich Nietzsche "No other novelist has dramatized so powerfully the values and dangers, the uses and corruptions of systematized thought."--Irving Howe

Discussion Question for Reading Group Guide

INTRODUCTION When Dostoyevsky started work on Crime and Punishment in the summer of 1865 he was depressed and in serious financial straits. A recent gambling spree had depleted his savings, and he owed money for personal expenses as well as bills for Epokha, the journal he founded and had been forced to discontinue. Threatened with debtors'' prison, he was approached by an unscrupulous publisher who offered a ridiculously exploitative contract under which Dostoyevsky signed over the copyrights to all his existing works and agreed to write a work of fiction by the end of the following year. For all this he was paid the sum of three thousand rubles, most of which was quickly swallowed up by promissory notes; what little remained was squandered at the gaming tables. Destitute once again, Dostoyevsky forced himself to concentrate on his writing, and by that fall had conceived of the idea for a novel-length work about a family ruined by alcohol. The roots of Crime and Punishment can be found in various episodes in Dostoyevsky''s life. His original idea, a murderer''s first-person confession, came to him during his prison term in Siberia--an experience that profoundly changed his political views and instilled in him a life-long respect for order and authority. There is also evidence that he conceived of the Marmaledov family as the basis for a novel to be titled "The Drunkards," but which was never published. Finally, Dostoyevsky was reacting to the political climate in St. Petersburg, where the impulses of the revolution could be found in the nihilist and radical movements, which Dostoyevsky abhorred. Regardless of its origins, Dostoyevsky meant the novel to be as close to perfect as possible. He took extensive--now famous--notes regarding its structure, toying with different points of view, character, structure, plot, and a variety of thematic strains. The efforts paid off. Crime and Punishment is a superbly plotted, brilliant character study of a man who is at once an everyman and as remarkable as any character ever written. It poses a simple question, "Can evil means justify honorable ends?" and answers it convincingly without didacticism or naivet

Description for Library

Determined to overreach his humanity and assert his untrammelled individual will, Raskolnikov, an impoverished student living in the St. Petersburg of the Tsars, commits an act of murder and theft and sets into motion a story which, for its excrutiating suspense, its atmospheric vividness, and its profundity of characterization and vision, is almost unequaled in the literatures of the world. The best known of Dostoevsky's masterpieces, Crime and Punishment can bear any amount of rereading without losing a drop of its power over our imagination.

Product Details

Author
Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Short Title
CRIME & PUNISHMENT
Pages
536
Publisher
Signet Classics
Language
English
Translator
Sidney Monas
ISBN-10
0451530063
ISBN-13
9780451530066
Media
Book
Format
Mass Market Paperback
Year
2006
Publication Date
2006-03-31
Series
Signet Classics (Hardcover)
Country of Publication
United States
Audience Age
18
Audience
General/Trade