Crime and Punishment
Books | Fiction / Literary
“A truly great translation . . . This English version . . . really is better.” —A. N. Wilson, The SpectatorNominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American ReadThis acclaimed new translation of Dostoyevsky’s “psychological record of a crime” gives his dark masterpiece of murder and pursuit a renewed vitality, expressing its jagged, staccato urgency and fevered atmosphere as never before. Raskolnikov, a destitute and desperate former student, wanders alone through the slums of St. Petersburg, deliriously imagining himself above society’s laws. But when he commits a random murder, only suffering ensues. Embarking on a dangerous game of cat and mouse with a suspicious police investigator, Raskolnikov finds the noose of his own guilt tightening around his neck. Only Sonya, a downtrodden prostitute, can offer the chance of redemption.For more than sixty-five years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,500 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.
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"This was very hard to read, but the issues described by the author felt so real. He really dived into the deep and personal feelings of insanity that our main character fell into. I suggest reading it twice, once so you can get the idea and become familiar with how it’s written, then again to understand the details. "
"A masterpiece of Russian literature."
"Russian novels take you to emotional and psychological extremes from the comfort of your own cozy little mind. Crime and Punishment is no exception, and it's way shorter than Anna Karenina or Brothers Karamazov (also excellent books), so great for busy people. Happy ending, by the way, but in the thick of the novel you won't believe me. If you're feeling a lot of things right now and are looking for a safe but cathartic reading experience, this book is for you. Just sweat out the feels."