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Crime and Punishment (Penguin Classics) Paperback – 30 Jan 2003
|Paperback, 30 Jan 2003||
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Fyodor Dostoyevsky (1821–1881), one of nineteenth-century Russia’s greatest novelists, spent four years in a convict prison in Siberia, after which he was obliged to enlist in the army. In later years his penchant for gambling sent him deeply into debt. Most of his important works were written after 1864, including Notes from Underground, Crime and Punishment, The Idiot, and The Brothers Karamazov, all available from Penguin Classics.
David McDuff was educated at the University of Edinburgh and has translated a number of works for Penguin Classics, including Dostoyevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov.
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First off , the binding is brilliant, the page quality is top noth, and the book is nice to hold. The graphics on the front and back cover are quite vivid (one could say bordering lurid) , and relate to the most important themes of the book.
The new translation by Ready doesn't feel as lyrical and smooth as other editions I have read. Even McDuff translation is at par, and I believe Pevear and Volokhonsky translation is undoubtedly better. That said, however the good thing about this translation is its reference and notes, which are committed to plant the story in Doestovesky's own lifetime and situations, and it certainly offers newer perspectives in that regard, in so much so that you feel like you are reading almost a new book, and Doestovesky has been placed back into the story , from his original position of disinterested narrator. The introduction too is well written and serves to further the aim of the translator to bring the book back to the writer's own time.
Lastly, the book is a classic already, one can never read enough of it, and even in my third (probably fourth, as I have lost the count), reading I can still feel the exhilaration of the tumult and confusion of Rodya.
A prized possession!
Some places had missing words in the e-book version. Don’t know if it’s a mistake or the original translation is the way it is.
This is *THE* translation, people. I have read Crime and Punishment a number of time already (first the Constance Garnett translation, then the David McDuff version, then finally the P+V translation), and I can guarantee you that the Pevear+Volokhonsky translation (the two are the Mick Jagger and Keith Richards of translation, to be honest) wins hands-down. Where the Garnett translation felt forced and stilted in places (inaccurate, even, especially given Garnett's attempts to fill the blanks left purposely by Dostoevsky) and the McDuff version read weirdly, the P+V translation flows naturally and smoothly without any jerks and bumps. You are barely aware that the work you are reading is in fact a translation. I would recommend the duo's translation for not just Crime and Punishment, but also for the other Russian works they've translated--their work on the Brothers Karamazov (which incidentally cemented their repute as the best Russian translators currently alive) is also commendable.
I cant review the content as its above my judgement but for quality the pages are really gr8 and font sizes too.
Great job from publisher, penguin brings always the best and at this price its superb deal, thanks again to amazon for this😊.
Now for the physical copies review, I got it a little battered from the bottom and a bit from side. Nothing much to write home about but just want to let you know. You may even contact the seller and ask if they can pack it even carefully for you which I didn't do. All in all this Fingerprint Publications version is excellent and consists of 584 pages (original has 671) these pages contain a little smaller font than the original thus fitting the book in less length. But dont worry the font is completely readable.
The quality of the book is below par. The font is not very convenient to read (at least to my eyes) and can't be seen very well without sufficient lighting. The pages are not well bound and are not likely to be durable. But what I'm particularly disappointed is the typos in the book, of which there are lots, and some of them are even hard to guess.
Like any other novel by Dostoyevsky, this one is fantastic. So, if you're thinking of reading, go for it. But buy from a trusted publisher (like Penguin and Fingerprint, their book quality is good and they include footnotes as well). The one I reviewed is by Master Mind, and I caution you to reconsider before you buy from this publisher.
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