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  • Mass Market Paperback: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Signet Classics; Reissue edition (March 7, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451530063
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451530066
  • Product Dimensions: 1.6 x 2.7 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #73,983 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Fyodor Dostoyevsky (1821–1881), 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.


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Poor Sonia without knowledge teaches love and life to Raskolnikov who studied learning.
Dew Kuriyama
This will help to understand the names of the characters and other nuances that apply to a book translated from another language.
Great Scott Cookies
The most amazing thing about this book is how action packed it is... its a real page turner.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Great Scott Cookies on July 7, 2007
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This book is excellent but readers should take the time to read the Translator's Preface before jumping in. This will help to understand the names of the characters and other nuances that apply to a book translated from another language. The book is about redemption. It's worth the effort to get through it. I woud not have understood or appreciated the book in my youth.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By T. Mayfield on December 15, 2007
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I can definately see why this book is a classic. Dostoyevesky writes with such intelligence and skill. It is as if you are viewing a murder from the mind of the murderer. It is a page turner. For anyone who HAD to read it when you were younger, please read it again for fun. It so interesting to read. This traslation comes with some helpful tips and is a very convenient size. I highly recommend this book, as well as this version.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Christman on December 23, 2008
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Crime and Punishment is a skillfully done and engaging read that brings terrifying philosophies to life. Considering the book uses 500 pages to describe the events of a month of so, this might seem to be a dry a boring read. This is not so, for the book moves along at a fast clip and offers a compelling, deep perspective that is not found very often today.

Crime and Punishment is about many philosophic ideas. The "Extraordinary Man" theory is one of them, the redemptive nature of suffering another. In particular, however, I was struck by a certain aspect that does not emerge fully until the epilogue. While sick, Raskolnikov has a dream (p.518):

"...the whole world was condemned to suffer a terrible, unprecedented, and unparalleled plague, which had spread to Europe from the depths of Asia. Except for a small handful of the chosen, all were doomed to perish. A new kind of trichinae had appeared, microscopic substances that lodged in men's bodies. Yet these were spiritual substances as well, endowed with mind and will. Those infected were seized immediately and went mad. Yet people never considered themselves so clever and so unhesitatingly right as these infected ones considered themselves. Never had they considered their decrees, their scientific deductions, their moral convictions and their beliefs more firmly based. Whole settlements, whole cities and nations were infected and went mad. Everybody was in a state of alarm, and nobody understood anybody; each thought the truth was in him alone; suffered agonies when he looked on others; beat his breast; wept and wrung his hands. They did not know whom to bring to trial or how to try him; they could not agree on what to consider evil, what good. They did not know whom to condemn or whom to acquit.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Digital Rights on November 12, 2010
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With a few editorial adjustments this story could take place in any current day metropolis from Mumbai to NY. That speaks to its universal story line, dialogue, morals, characterizations built into a tight face paced thriller. I guess that's why it's a classic. It has timeless qualities that will draw readers for another 100 years or forever. Dostoyevsky creates a small story - a murder and a bigger set of questions - what is the motive for murder? should we find it revolting? is there personal redemption? is is fair to be forgiven? This is my first time reading this book. No doubt I will come back to again. It sits in your stomach like the best oatmeal mixed with a double espresso where you may be satisfied but tinged with a nervous edginess.

I particularly love the irony. A man kills for a variety of reasons or murky motives that to one degree or another are subtly, brilliantly crushed as false which Dostoyevsky weaves into the story page after page.

I loved it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Roycroft on August 19, 2009
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I've always been attracted to Russian literature, and have found that time spent with it is universally rewarding. A few years ago I read Tolstoy's "War and Peace" and promised myself that one day I would give Dostoyevsky a go!

I am currently living in Arequipa, Peru, and have limited access to book buying. I purchased this edition of 'Crime and Punishment' in a local bookstore, and was enthralled from the first page. Many reviews of the novel carry comments on the worth of the translation. I don't speak or read Russian and therefore am incapable of giving any verdict on the faithfulness of this book to original Russian - but it reads tremendously well. The pace, tone and dialogue of the book belie the fact that it is a translation, giving the text a winning feel, and compelling force.

The story itself is at once bleak, intriguing, suspenseful, meditative, and inspiring. The main character, Raskolnikov, is bewitched by new and atheistic teaching, the ultimate consequences of which lead him to murder an elderly and wretched pawnbroker lady in St. Petersburg. The remainder of the book extrapolates the consequences of this action, giving an insight into Raskolnikov's fevered reaction to his own iniquity, and ultimately leading to a thought provoking treatment of redemption and renewal.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and read it in just seven days. I would recommend it to anyone who wants to read something which combines a well paced storyline, realistic characterisation, psychological depth, and moral weight.
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