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Fyodor Dostoevsky , Jessie Coulson , Richard Peace

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Crime and Punishment is one of the most important novels of the nineteenth century. It is the story of a murder committed on principle, of a killer who wishes to set himself outside and above society. It is marked by Dostoevsky's own harrowing experience in penal servitude, and yet contains moments of wild humour. This new edition of the authoritative and readable Coulson translation, comes with a challenging new introduction and notes which bring out many of the novel's
most important - and difficult - aspects. - ;Crime and Punishment is the story of a murder committed on principle, of a killer who wishes by his action to set himself outside and above society. A novel of fearful tension, physical, and psychological, it is pervaded by Dostoevsky's sinister evocation of St Petersburg, yet in the life of its gloomy tenements and drink-shops provides moments of wild humour.

Crime and Punishment was marked by Dostoevsky's own harrowing experiences. He had himself undergone interrogation and trial, and was condemned to death, a sentence commuted to penal servitude. In prison he was particularly impressed by one hardened murderer who seemed to have attained a spiritual equilibrium beyond good and evil: yet witnessing the misery of other convicts also engendered in Dostoevsky a belief in the Christian idea of salvation through suffering. -

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  • Editore: Oxford University Press, UK (9 novembre 1995)
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  • Lingua: Inglese
  • ASIN: B008B3948M
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4.0 su 5 stelle Great novel...but this edition from the Oxford World's Classics series is not the version I would recommend. 3 febbraio 2010
Di Brad Hoevel - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
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As a novel, I have no complaints about Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment. Personally, while it is not my favorite novel by Dostoevsky, it is the novel of his that I would recommend reading first; that is, I recommend it to people who are new to Dostoevsky and want to introduce themselves to the work of the great Russian novelist. In this review, I will comment briefly about the novel itself, and I will also give my opinion about this particular edition (i.e. the Oxford World's Classics edition).

As a novel, Crime and Punishment has long been adored by literary critics and well as by the general reading public. It is usually recognized as the first great novel by Fyodor Dostoevsky. The book was a popular and critical success in 1866 when it was first published in Russian. Fast forward to present day America. Dostoevsky's psychological tale of a crime and the psychological and real-world consequences of that crime on its transgressor has now been translated numerous times into English and remains a novel that, even today, is widely-read, critically respected and generally well-enjoyed by its modern audience.

The novel consists of six parts. The first part chronicles Raskalnikov (the main character) as he prepares to commit a crime. At the end of part one he actually goes through with his plan and commits the crime. The rest of the novel follows Raskalnikov as he: (1)struggles on a psychological and physical level with his own self; (2)interacts with his impoverished family, friends, and several newly-acquired acquaintances, including a (potential) love-interest named Sonya and her family; (3)becomes involved in a cat-and-mouse game with prosecuting officials; and (4), engages in fascinating and occasionally profound conversations with the villainous and enigmatic Svidrigailov.

Crime and Punishment is a showcase for what I consider to be the three great strengths of the novelist Dostoevsky. First, great -- all-too-human -- characters. Second, the novel is thought provoking: it examines important philosophical, social and moral issues. Third, the novel is entertaining. It offers suspense and heartfelt human interactions.

Now, a brief word on this (the Oxford World's Classics) edition of Crime and Punishment. Let me say: there is nothing inherently wrong with the Oxford Classics edition, and in general I find that they are well-made books of the highest quality and are full of helpful supplemental material. That said, I do not recommend said edition for this particular novel--not when there are other superior editions available through Amazon. I will briefly explain why I do not recommend it, and will then suggest several editions that I recommend instead.

The Oxford edition uses the Coulson translation. I admit, I do not speak or read Russian. But I have read lots of Dostoevsky in English; also, I have read many articles and books written about his work. I have read a number of different translations of Dostoevsky's work, and while I have no particular criticisms to make about the Coulson translation, I can merely say that it is not my favorite.

From what I've read, I believe that the translation by Richard Pevear and his wife Linda Volokhonsky to be the very best available. I hold their translation in high regard simply because I believe it best conveys the complete meaning of each line, and likewise, it best illuminates the core ideas and themes in Dostoevsky's writing. Additionally, the P/V translation was done recently, resulting in a usage of English that can be properly "digested" by contemporary readers. Pevear is one of the few American-born translators of Dostoevsky. Personally, as an American myself, I find some satisfaction in the idea that Pevear's way of thinking and looking at the world is more on par with my own.

The Pevear/Volokhonsky translation is available in paperback ($11.53 new,Crime and Punishment) and hardcover ($15.64 new,Crime and Punishment (Everyman's Library)). In these editions you will find: endnote annotations; a comparative chronology of world history, world literature, and Dostoevsky's own life; a select bibliography; and an insightful introduction by Dostoevsky scholar W.J. Leatherbarrow.

The other criticism I have of the Oxford World's Classics edition of C&P, is that it is not even the best available edition of Coulson translation. If you are deadset on reading the Coulson translation, then I strongly recommend Crime and Punishment (Norton Critical Editions) ($12.35 new). The Norton Critical Edition offers over 200 pages of supplemental material, including content from Dostoevsky's own notebooks, letters, early drafts of the novel; and around thirty critical essays by generations of renowned Dostoevsky scholars and contemporaries of the author.
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5.0 su 5 stelle An excellent translation 11 agosto 2012
Di G. Johnston - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
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I am obsessive about finding the best translation of foreign novels, and this is the best of the many translations of Crime and Punishment, of which there are several clunky English versions. It is smooth and literate. And what a pleasure it is to reread this great classic!
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5.0 su 5 stelle Perfect mix of Dickens and Austen 2 marzo 2011
Di Seamus - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
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Upon picking up Crime and Punishment I am not exactly sure what I expected. I had listened to half of Anna Karenina on Audiobook a few years prior and I remember enjoying the way in which Tolstoy created vivid scenes through a brilliant combination of dialogue and narrative. I figured that since Dostoevsky and Tolstoy were both contemporaries in Russia, in the mid-1800s, they probably wrote in the same manner (Yes, I know this is ridiculous logic...yet, it seems to have worked in this case; so, to all those people who do not enjoy stereotypes and mass generalization, I say, "Ehh???").

I had also come across a handful of references to Crime and Punishment in multiple philosophical essays. Most of the time, these essays criticized Dostoevsky's viewpoint, expressed through C&P, that the ends justifies the means. Of course, seeing myself as one who would ideally like to see Kantian morality embraced throughout the entire world, I was also hoping to identify this and take issue with it.

Having just finished C&P, I can state that from a literary and artistic viewpoint I was blown away. I would describe Dostoevsky as the perfect mix of Dickens and Austen. He narrates as good or better than Dickens and his dialogue is even better than the dialogue of Pride and Prejudice. Reading C&P is a complete sensory experience, that keeps one entertained, intrigued, and thinking throughout the whole of the story.

Ostensibly, the story is about a man named Rodion Romanych, who goes by the name Raskolnikov, who kills an old lady and her sister in order to steal a few thousand roubles. However, as much as one always feels this storyline and Raskolnikov's guilt haunting every page, the story is much more: almost a compendium of stories describing what it was like to live in Russia in the 1800s. Everyone's story is told, whether that person is a merchant, a prostitute, an official, a student, an old widow, etc. etc. Through these stories, the philosophy of Raskolnikov is also put on display.

I say the philosophy of Raskolnikov, as opposed to the philosophy of Dostoevsky, because even though Raskolnikov is the protagonist; even though the reader finds themselves sympathizing and suffering with Raskolnikov; even though the reader finds themselves despising those persons whom Raskolnikov despises, Raskolnikov is not a good person. He is never set up by Dostoevsky to be a good person; he kills an old lady in cold blood, with the blunt end of an axe at the beginning of the story, then splits her sister's head open with the working side of the axe blade. Raskolnikov is not the vehicle one would use to express their own moral philosophy; yet, he might be the vehicle one would use to simply expose a popular moral philosophy of the time.

Other philosophers are right to identify that philosophy as an "ends justifies the means" take on morality; yet, this is not difficult because Dostoevsky does nothing to obscure Raskolnikov's ideology. Instead, he very clearly states it multiple times, as such in this paragraph:

"I merely suggested that an 'extraordinary' man has the right...that is, not an official right, but his own right, to allow his conscience to...step over certain obstacles, and then only in the event that the fulfillment of his idea--sometimes perhaps salutary for the whole of mankind calls for it...In my opinion, if, as the result of certain combinations, Kepler's or Newton's discoveries could become known to people in no other way than by sacrificing the lives of one, or ten, or a hundred or more people who were hindering the discovery, or standing as an obstacle in its path, then Newton would have the right, and it would be his duty...to remove those ten or a hundred people, in order to make his discoveries known to all mankind."

I do not want to spoil this story in any manner, as I believe that anyone who has yet to read C&P, should immediately take up the task and treat themselves to some of the finest literature they will ever read.

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5.0 su 5 stelle A very good story 8 gennaio 2014
Di John T C - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
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Dostoyevsky's Crime and Punishment is the first classic detective story. But that is not even where it excels. With the Brothers Karamazov, it elevated Dostoyevsky to a mega writer when it comes to dissecting the mind and soul of characters for the readers. It is a great book of psychology. While it competes with Anna Karenina as the most widely read 19th century Russian novel in the English-speaking world, it is judged by many to be superior in its depth and lessons. The book's hero exemplifies all young ideologues who are wrestling with a new idea which they think can elevate them to the levels of great historic figures in their initial steps towards greatness. Often, a barrier has to be crossed which takes the potential legendary figure into an irreversible course. In Crime and Punishment, Raskolnikov who is the hero is a poor, intelligent and thoughtful student who is convinced that he has a mission for the advancement of mankind. He convinces himself that the mission has to start with him crossing over to greatness by robbing and killing an old woman, a pawnbroker, whose death, he had convinced himself would do the world more good than harm. This conviction is based on his judgment that she cheats her clients and holds money that could be used for humanity. He then commits the murder, but is forced to kill the pitiful Elizabetha, the landlady's sister. The novel begins its twists and turns after these murders, with the introduction of the cunning detective who gets to investigate the murder and makes Raskolnikov his principal suspect. Raskolnikov gets to meet the destitute Marmeladovs through the alcoholic father, and is distraught by the plight of his consumptive mother, her three young children, and Sonya-Marmeladov's eighteen-year old daughter who is forced into prostitution in order to support the family.

By doing a rich psychology development of his characters, Dostoyevsky made his characters more complexly human, yet reachable. Sonya emerges as a saintly figure who sins for the sakes of those she loves , and who is the mirror through which the so-called devilish characters are redeemed. The plot is rich, deep, enjoyable and action-packed; and the pace is fast and engaging. The overriding strength of the story is the conflict in Raskolnikov's soul, a conflict which began in his quest to be the "Extraordinary Man" like Napoleon, by stepping over the basic bounds of morality by committing murder. Conflict in the soul is a rich theme which I also saw in the story The Union Muzhik. That conflict in his soul brought out the rich ideas, discussions and emotions from the characters that interacted with him.
5.0 su 5 stelle The Psychology of Crime and Punishment 2 dicembre 2013
Di Schoff - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
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Undoubtedly Dostoyevsky's Crime and Punishment is a masterful literary achievement. It is an engaging narrative carrying the suffering of the protagonist, Roddy Raskolnikov, throughout the entire text. The continuity of the novel is bound by the development of the reason for Raskolnikov's suffering intertwined with the complex psychology underlying the murder that he commits early in the narrative. Throughout the novel it is made clear that the murder was envisioned by author and protagonist alike as a demonstration of Raskolnikov's Nietzschean philosophy, as revealed in his published essay; there is a hierarchy or stratification of value within humanity, and Raskolnikov considered himself elevated within that stratification, an ubermensch, if you will. It was this status that supported taking the life of the "nasty, harmful, wicked louse, an old hag of a money-lender". Raskolnkvov (R) was performing an action on a personal scale that he cited as analogous to the actions of a Napoleon. R's failure to remain confident in his philosophy and his cowardess in allowing the petty bourgeois and police to question his higher-grounded committal was at the root of his suffering. Should he have been successful in the murder-robbery, enabling him to continue his studies, then he would have been celebrated like the wealthy, he points out, that have made their fortune by necessary means. It was this failure of follow through and the coincident failure to demonstrate the validity of his philosophical text through the murder that underlies R's suffering. "The idea always seems stupid when it fails", R explains. He fails because of the "aesthetics" that separate the validity of the murderous shelling of armies from murder on a personal basis. Indeed, R was impoverished and destitute (though impoverished because of his charitable acts prior to the murder) but his feverish madness arose out of his social philosophy. Ironically, his belief system, as depicted in his essay, pointed to his guilt, and conversely palliated his penal sentence because his motive was so distinct from normal crime. He had no incentive to obscure the truth at trial, and no actual interest in the booty of the crime. It would of interest for the reader to make his/her own assessment of the psychology behind the action while enjoying Dostoyevsky's ability to hold the tension of that psychology throughout the text.

Spoiler alert:

I must add that the happy-ever-after conclusion though psychologically satisfying to the reader did not do justice to the deep heavy characterological complexities and moral ambiguity of a double axe murder.

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