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(03/03/2008) Crime & Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky. New York. 1992. Knopf. Newly Translated From The Russian By Richard Pevear & Larissa Volokhonsky. keywords: Literature Translated Russia. 564 pages. Jacket illustration by M. V. Dobuzhinsky. Jacket design by Archie Ferguson. 0679405577. February 1992.

A dazzling new translation from the Russian of Dostoevsky's CRIME AND PUNISHMENT by Richard Pevear & Larissa Volokhonsky.

 

FROM THE PUBLISHER -

   Not since CRIME AND PUNISHMENT was first introduced to the English-speaking world eighty years ago has there been a new translation as important as this. Bringing to their task a far stronger combined knowledge of Russian and English than any predecessor, and working in the context of an up-to-date, modern critical understanding of Dostoevsky's unusual and surprising text, Pevear and Volokhonsky capture all the rich stylistic idiosyncrasy of the Russian original. As Mr. Pevear writes in his foreword, 'the life of a novel is not in the conception but in the performance. In every cadence, every tone, the realization of every character and scene of this densely composed 'work of poetry,' Dostoevsky shows his mastery. ' The Pevear- Volokhonsky work brings us as close to experiencing the genius of Dostoevsky's astounding psychological thriller as any translation can. This superlative accomplishment will make Dostoevsky's most widely read novel an entirely fresh experience for new generations of readers.

RICHARD PEVEAR and LARISSA VOLOHONSKY are known for their highly acclaimed translation of THE BROTHERS KARAMAZOV, which was awarded the PEN/Book-of-the-Month Club Prize. They are married and live in France.

 

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