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Crime and Punishment : Wordsworth Classics - FYODOR DOSTOEVSKY

Crime and Punishment

Wordsworth Classics

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Published: September 2000
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Crime and Punishment is one of the greatest and most readable novels ever written.

From the beginning we are locked into the frenzied consciousness of Raskolnikov who, against his better instincts, is inexorably drawn to commit a brutal double murder. From that moment on, we share his conflicting feelings of self-loathing and pride, of contempt for and need of others, and of terrible despair and hope of redemption: and, in a remarkable transformation of the detective novel, we follow his agonised efforts to probe and confront both his own motives for, and the consequences of, his crime.

The result is a tragic novel built out of a series of supremely dramatic scenes that illuminate the eternal conflicts at the heart of human existence: most especially our desire for self-expression and self-fulfilment, as against the constraints of morality and human laws; and our agonised awareness of the world's harsh injustices and of our own mortality, as against the mysteries of divine justice

Translation by Constance Garnett

With Selected excerpts from The Notebooks for Crime and Punishment

Introduction and Notes by Dr Keith Carabine, University of Kent at Canterbury

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Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Fyodor Mikhailovitch Dostoevsky was a Russian writer and essayist, notably known for his novels Crime and Punishment and The Brothers Karamazov.
Dostoyevsky's literary output explores human psychology in the troubled political, social and spiritual context of 19th-century Russian society. Considered by many as a founder or precursor of 20th-century existentialism, his Notes from Underground (1864), written in the embittered voice of the anonymous "underground man", was called the "best overture for existentialism ever written" by Walter Kaufmann. A prominent figure in world literature, Dostoyevsky is often acknowledged by critics as one of the greatest psychologists in world literature. Freud said his book The Brothers Karamazov contained all the psychology.

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ISBN: 9781840224306
ISBN-10: 1840224304
Series: Wordsworth Classics
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 528
Published: September 2000
Publisher: Wordsworth Editions Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.8  x 3.0
Weight (kg): 0.42
Edition Type: New edition