Crime and punishment: A novel by the Russian author Fyodor Dostoevsky (Fedor Dostoïevski) (Paperback)

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Crime and punishment: A novel by the Russian author Fyodor Dostoevsky (Fedor Dostoïevski) (Paperback)


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Fyodor Dostoevsky's classic tale of Rodion Raskolnikov, the murder he commits as an exploration of the human condition, and the crushing criminal and psychological consequences.The two years before he wrote Crime and Punishment (1866) had been bad ones for Dostoyevsky. His wife and brother had died the magazine he and his brother had started, Epoch, collapsed under its load of debt and he was threatened with debtor's prison. With an advance that he managed to wangle for an unwritten novel, he fled to Wiesbaden, hoping to win enough at the roulette table to get himself out of debt. Instead, he lost all his money he had to pawn his clothes and beg friends for loans to pay his hotel bill and get back to Russia. One of his begging letters went to a magazine editor, asking for an advance on yet another unwritten novel - which he described as Crime and Punishment. One of the supreme masterpieces of world literature, Crime and Punishment catapulted Dostoyevsky to the forefront of Russian writers and into the ranks of the world's greatest novelists. Drawing upon experiences from his own prison days, the author recounts in feverish, compelling tones the story of Raskolnikov, an impoverished student tormented by his own nihilism, and the struggle between good and evil. Believing that he is above the law, and convinced that humanitarian ends justify vile means, he brutally murders an old woman - a pawnbroker whom he regards as "stupid, ailing, greedy...good for nothing." This extraordinary, unforgettable work is reprinted here in the authoritative Constance Garnett translation.Others novels and novellas by Dostoevsky are: Poor Folk (novella)The Double (novella)The Landlady (novella)Netochka Nezvanova (unfinished)Uncle's Dream (novella)The Village of StepanchikovoHumiliated and InsultedThe House of the DeadNotes from Underground (novella)Crime and PunishmentThe Gambler (novella)The IdiotThe Eternal Husband (novella)Demons (also titled: The Possessed, The Devils)The AdolescentThe Brothers KaramazovAbout the Author: Fyodor Mikailovich Dostoevsky's life was as dark and dramatic as the great novels he wrote. He was born in Moscow in 1821. A short first novel, Poor Folk (1846) brought him instant success, but his writing career was cut short by his arrest for alleged subversion against Tsar Nicholas I in 1849. In prison he was given the "silent treatment" for eight months (guards even wore velvet soled boots) before he was led in front a firing squad. Dressed in a death shroud, he faced an open grave and awaited execution, when suddenly, an order arrived commuting his sentence. He then spent four years at hard labor in a Siberian prison, where he began to suffer from epilepsy, and he returned to St. Petersburg only a full ten years after he had left in chains.His prison experiences coupled with his conversion to a profoundly religious philosophy formed the basis for his great novels. But it was his fortuitous marriage to Anna Snitkina, following a period of utter destitution brought about by his compulsive gambling, that gave Dostoevsky the emotional stability to complete Crime and Punishment (1866), The Idiot (1868-69), The Possessed (1871-72), and The Brothers Karamazov (1879-80). When Dostoevsky died in 1881, he left a legacy of masterworks that influenced the great thinkers and writers of the Western world and immortalized him as a giant among writers of world literature.

Product Details ISBN: 9782382742693
ISBN-10: 2382742690
Publisher: Les Prairies Numeriques
Publication Date: October 28th, 2020
Pages: 444
Language: English