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Crime and Punishment (Norton Critical Editions) [Paperback]

by Fyodor Dostoevsky, George Gibian, Jessie Senior Coulson
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Book Description

February 17, 1989 0393956237 978-0393956238 Third Edition

Jessie Coulson’s translation provides the text for the Third Edition of this acclaimed Norton Critical Edition.

New footnotes have been added, based on discoveries by the leading Soviet Dostoevsky scholar, Sergei Belov. "Backgrounds and Sources", highly praised in the Second Edition, remains unaltered. Included are a detailed map of nineteenth-century St. Petersburg, selections from Dostoevsky’s notebooks and letters, and a crucial passage from an early draft of his novel. Noteworthy among the several new "Essays in Criticism" are a little-known but important passage by Leo Tolstoy on Raskolnikov; an essay by Sergei Belov; observations by the Russian literary theoretician and scholar Mikhail Bakhtin; and an essay by the Nobel laureate Czeslaw Milosz. A Chronology of Dostoevsky’s Life and a Selected Bibliography are also included.

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Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

An acclaimed new translation of the classic Russian novel.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.


The best [translation of Crime and Punishment] currently available...An especially faithful re-creation...with a coiled-spring kinetic energy...Don t miss it. Washington Post Book World

This fresh, new translation...provides a more exact, idiomatic, and contemporary rendition of the novel that brings Fyodor Dostoevsky s tale achingly alive...It succeeds beautifully. San Francisco Chronicle

Reaches as close to Dostoevsky s Russian as is possible in English...The original s force and frightening immediacy is captured...The Pevear and Volokhonsky translation will become the standard English version. Chicago Tribune --Chicago Tribune --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 704 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; Third Edition edition (February 17, 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393956237
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393956238
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (814 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #229,439 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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602 of 620 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Check the Publisher of this book before you buy July 8, 2010
By Kiwi
Crime and Punishment is one great novel. However, we have a bit of misleading marketing going on here. Make sure you're buying the version you think you're buying before you order. "Crime and Punishment" published by General Books LLC is a poor quality scanned in version. If you do the "Look Inside" thing on this book, you'll see the inside of another version of the book, NOT the one you will receive.

To give you a few quotes from the publishers website: "We created your book using OCR software ..... with up to 3,500 characters per page, even one percent can be an annoying number of typos.... After we re-typeset ... your book, the page numbers change so the old index and table of contents no longer work .... we usually remove them. .... Our OCR software can't distinguish between an illustration and a smudge or library stamp so it ignores everything except type. ..... We created your book using a robot who turned and photographed each page. Our robot is 99 percent accurate. But sometimes two pages stick together. And sometimes a page may even be missing from our copy of the book. .....". There's no manual editing whatsover.

You get the general idea. Unfortunately, books published by General Books LLC are named, seemingly intentionally, so that they have reviews associated with much better quality imprints. General Books LLC is an imprint of VDM Published (google them on Wikipedia), which is flooding Amazon with poor quality reprints and, unfortunately, many of them have the reviews associated with the original or with beter quality imprints associated with them.

Seems like it's Caveat Emptor on Amazon these days as Amazon certainly doesn't seem to be doing anything to protect it's customers from this Publisher.
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203 of 208 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
This is not the version of the book I clicked on! When you look at the (paperback) edition of Crime and Punishment translated by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky, it says right below it, "Start reading Crime and Punishment on your Kindle..." and also lists the different versions available - paperback, hardcover, etc. - and includes a Kindle Edition. But when you click on either, you get this, which is a completely different translation. Pevear and Volokhonsky have been widely praised, their translations now considered far and away the best English versions available of various classic works of Russian Literature. But Amazon lumps everything with the same title as if it were the same product. Some of the customer-uploaded images of the book's cover even say that it is the Pevear and Volokhonsky version, but it is not. It's a 1914 translation by Constance Garnett.

This is the reason people started to hate big box and online bookstores when they first started putting neighborhood bookstores out of business -- because they don't seem to care about books, just making money. But what's funny here is that they could actually charge money for the better translation, since it's new, but instead they choose to give away an inferior version and pretend it's the same thing. (They do offer the Pevear and Volokhonsky version of Demons for a price - a version easier to distinguish because the newer translation even changes the title from the less-accurate The Possessed - versions with that title are available for free.) Also, because they don't distinguish between different translations, there is no button available under the Pevear and Volokhonsky version to request that the publisher make it available for Kindle.
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316 of 339 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic for a Reason April 14, 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I initially approached this book with a great deal of trepidation. I had never read Dostoyevsky, and was concerned that I would get bogged down in some lengthy, mind-numbingly boring, nineteenth-century treatise on the bestial nature of man or something. I am happy to report this is not the case. Instead, and to my delight, it is a smoothly flowing and fascinating story of a young man who succumbs to the most base desire, and the impact this has both psychologically and otherwise on himself and those around him.

To be sure, the book seems wordy in places, but I suspect this has to do with the translation. And what translator in his right mind would be bold enough to edit the great Dostoyevsky? But this is a very minor problem.

What we get with Dostoyevsky is dramatic tension, detailed and believable human characters, and brilliant insight into human nature. Early in the novel our hero meets and has a lengthy conversation with Marmeladov, a drunkard. This conversation is never uninteresting and ultimately becomes pathetic and heartbreaking, but I kept wondering why so much time was spent on it. As I got deeper into the book, I understood why this conversation was so important, and realized that I was in the hands of a master storyteller. This is also indicative of the way in which the story reveals itself. Nothing is hurried. These people speak the way we actually speak to one another in real life, and more importantly, Dostoyevsky is able to flesh out his characters into whole, three-dimensional human beings.

And what a diverse group of characters! Each is fleshed out, each is marvelously complex.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Worthwhile
Excellent classic! Dostoevsky is obviously one of the 20th century greats. The agony of the protagonist after he commits the murder is developed with great insight. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars TINY book
I could not read this book. It is so small, about the size of your hand I'm sure the actual story is good
Published 10 days ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Review
I thought the book fast paced. Not far into the story, the crime is committed. The suspense comes from wondering if he will be caught & when he will be caught. Read more
Published 17 days ago by James H. Kerr
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
Great descriptive writing. Fantastic characters. Will use it for my home schooled English class (aged 14 to 18) as required reader.
Published 20 days ago by Fiona
3.0 out of 5 stars classic
Fyodor Dostoyevsky will always remain at the top of lists of literary masters. Anyone interested in what makes people tic, cannot miss Dostoyevsky. Read more
Published 23 days ago by Southern California
3.0 out of 5 stars Don't expect a light snack - this is a heavy dessert (but delicious).
Because this is a translation, it makes the reading slightly uneven in places, but the main philosophy brought up in the story - that individuals who are successful on a large... Read more
Published 25 days ago by Penny Wagner
2.0 out of 5 stars Boring and LONG
I didn't care for this story. The character is a mad man who kills. I don't like that in a main character, especially when it was not a good reasoning to commit the crime. Read more
Published 25 days ago by Kathleen Steele
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved the Long Read
I would give C and P ten stars if I could. I think Dostoevsky holds up much better than say a Tolstoy.
Published 26 days ago by jabali
2.0 out of 5 stars Ugh
Daughter had to read this for school. Hate that it's even on my Kindle. I'd rather eat brussel sprouts than have to read this.
Published 26 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Dense
The labirynths of the mind and the impotence of men when faced with them... Really? Or not really? Who knows? Only living it to know it. Or not.
Published 28 days ago by Goose Man do Brasil
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