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Crime and Punishment (Illustrated Classics): A Graphic Novel Paperback – January 26, 2009


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Product Details

  • Series: Illustrated Classics
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Sterling (January 26, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1411415949
  • ISBN-13: 978-1411415942
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #112,408 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It might seem like an impossible task to cram such a heady work as Dostoevsky’s powerhouse crime novel into a graphic novel, but Mairowitz and Korkos have managed a fairly successful interpretation. They set the action in present-day Russia, which leads to some surprisingly clever allusions, but apart from that, they keep fairly close to the plot of the original, a strategy that creates some definite sticking points. Characters appear out of nowhere with little explanation of how they relate to the story, and certain minor and major details won’t make much sense to readers unfamiliar with the original. That said, the black-and-white artwork is a haunting expression of Raskolnikov’s severe inner turmoil; the stark angles, haunted visages, and heavy preponderance of black on the page captures psychological dread with an almost Hitchcockian flair. No one can expect this to match the depths of the original, but don’t think of it as a Cliffs Notes–esque alternative, either. Minor nudity, drug use, and blood splatters might make for a hard sell for classroom use. Grades 10-12. --Ian Chipman

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Tara L. Bogozan on August 15, 2009
Format: Paperback
I originally intended to use this graphic novel in the classroom, but decided this version might be more confusing than the original. While Raskolinkov's feelings of superiority, guilt, and despair rang true to the original, the written text did not always provide a clear understanding of why he had those feelings. The artwork modernizes the text very artfully, yet I would never be able to teach the graphic novel in its entirety because of the artwork associated with Svidrigailov's dream. Overall, this graphic novel does a wonderful job of modernizing and streamlining Dostoevsky's complex text, yet may not be suitable for inexperienced readers.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By idha on May 2, 2011
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Crime and Punishment is excellently drawn, and the art work is really good. However, if you read this after reading the original book you will unfortunately be disappointed. The graphic novel leaves out a plethora of key events that are elaborated and important in the original.

Even though you of course have to be selective when choosing to illustrate a book, it is important to choose the right events to focus on. It is a hit and miss, but in this case they missed. I would have preferred to have at least another 20-30 pages in this graphic novel that would have given a fuller portrayal of the events that occurs in the original book.
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