Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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608 pages | Trade Paperback


A gripping new translation of Dostoyevsky’s masterpiece, in a striking Graphic Deluxe edition

“Will I really—I mean, really—actually take an axe, start bashing her on the head, smash her skull to pieces?…Will I really slip in sticky, warm blood, force the lock, steal, tremble, hide, all soaked in blood…axe in hand?…Lord, will I really?”

This 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 through the slums of St. Petersburg, poverty driving him to imagine himself above conventional moral law. But when he commits a random murder without remorse or regret, only suffering ensues. Embarking on a dangerous game of cat and mouse with a suspicious police investigator, Raskolnikov is pursued by the growing voice of his conscience and finds the noose of his own guilt tightening around his neck. Only Sonya, a downtrodden prostitute, can offer the chance of redemption.