Crime and Punishment
by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Fuel, David McDuff
Editor: Penguin Books Ltd
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An exciting study of guilt and food, from the Penguin Classics Edition, Fyodor Dostoyevsky Crime and Punishment is translated with an introduction and notes by David McDuff.Raskolnikov, a destitute and desperate former student, wanders through the shantytowns of St. Petersburg and randomly commits murder without remorse or regret.He imagines himself to be a great man, a Napoleon: acting for a higher purpose beyond conventional, moral law.But as he embarks on a dangerous game of cat and mouse with Porphyry, a suspect detective, Raskolnikov is pursued by the growth of his voice of conscience and finds the knot flowing from his own guilt tighten around his neckOnly Sonya, an oppressed prostitute, can offer a chance for redemption.As the framework of the investigation and trial to reveal the true identity of the murderer, Dostoyevsky’s dark masterpiece evokes a world where the borderline between innocence and corruption, good and evil, blurry and everyone’s faith in humanity is tested.This lively translation by David McDuff was hailed as the most accessible version of the novel version of Dostoyevsky’s great novel, which made his dialogue with a unique strength and naturalismThis edition also contains a new chronology of the novel Dostoevsky’s life and work life and workFedor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky (1821-1881) was born in Moscow.From 1849-54 he lived in a prison inmate, and in the last years of his passion for gambling led him deeply into debt.His other works available in Penguin Classics include The Brothers Karamazov, The Idiot and the DemonsIf you liked Crime and Punishment, you could, like Leon Tolstoy Anna Karenine, also available in Penguin Classics.McDuff’s language is rich and vibrant ” New York Times Book Review
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