Other books byFyodor Dostoevsky
Crime and Punishment
A desperate young man plans the perfect crime -- the murder of a despicable pawnbroker, an old women no one loves and no one will mourn. Is it not just, he reasons, for a man of genius to commit such a crime, to transgress moral law -- if it will ultimately benefit humanity? So begins one of the greatest novels ever written: a powerful psychological study, a terrifying murder mystery, a fascinating detective thriller infused with philosophical, religious and social commentary. Raskolnikov, an impoverished student living in a garret in the gloomy slums of St. Petersburg, carries out his grotesque scheme and plunges into a hell of persecution, madness and terror. Crime And Punishment takes the reader on a journey into the darkest recesses of the criminal and depraved mind, and exposes the soul of a man possessed by both good and evil ... a man who cannot escape his own conscience.
A new translation of one of the most brilliant achievements of Russian literature's Golden Age Only beauty can save the world,” proclaims the hero of The Idiot, perhaps Dostoevsky’s most personal and intense work of fiction. But in the brutally materialistic world of late 19th-century Petersburg, infested with greed and vulgarity, Prince Myshkin’s naive beliefs can only be the subject of mockery and ultimately lead to failure and tragedy. Populated by an unforgettable cast of characters that covers the entire gamut of Russian societyfrom the arrogant rich merchant’s son Rogozhin and the beautiful but wanton Nastasya Filippovna to the student Kirillov, who aspires to become the man-God by killing himselfDostoevsky’s masterpiece, brilliantly captured in this new translation, is a book that leaves a permanent mark on its readers’ minds.
Notes from Underground
"Backgrounds and Sources" includes relevant writings by Dostoevsky, among them "Winter Notes on Summer Impressions," the authorâs account of a formative trip to the West. New to the Second Edition are excerpts from V. F. Odoevksyâs "Russian Nights" and I. S. Turgenevâs "Hamlet of Shchigrovsk District." In "Responses", Michael Katz links this seminal novel to the theme of the underground man in six famous works, two of them new to the Second Edition: an excerpt from M. E. Saltykov-Shchedrinâs The Swallows, Woody Allenâs Notes from the Overfed, Robert Walserâs The Child, an excerpt from Ralph Ellisonâs The Invisible Man, an excerpt from Yevgeny Zamyatinâs We, and an excerpt from Jean-Paul Sartreâs Erostratus. "Criticism" brings together eleven interpretations by both Russian and Western critics from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, two of them new to the Second Edition. Included are essays by Nikolai K. Mikhailovsky, Vasily Rozanov, Lev Shestov, M. M. Bakhtin, Ralph E. Matlaw, Victor Erlich, Robert Louis Jackson, Gary Saul Morson, Richard H. Weisberg, Joseph Frank, and Tzvetan Todorov. A Chronology and Selected Bibliography are also included.
More information to be announced soon on this forthcoming title from Penguin USA