Crime and Punishment
A landmark title in Russian literature, Crime and Punishment is presented here with stirring wood engravings by Harry Brockway.
Conceived while Dostoyevsky was serving a four-year sentence of hard labour in Siberia, Crime and Punishment offers a chilling insight into the universal struggle between mind and soul. Tension and claustrophobia electrify the pages as they disclose the story of Raskolnikov, a starving student who convinces himself that logically, the murder of an odious money-lender is entirely justified. However, the forces of logic have no bearing on the workings of conscience …
Sir Stephen Tumim was an English judge and Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Prisons from 1987 to 1995. His introduction to this Folio edition finds him discovering Crime and Punishment for the first time; in a fascinating piece, he uses his unique experience of the system to examine Raskolnikov’s punishment, and the relative mercy of Russian justice at the time. He looks too at the interweaving of British and Russian literature of the period; Dostoyevsky himself was a devotee of Dickens, while Robert Louis Stevenson was to write The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde in homage to Crime and Punishment.
‘A wonderful, weird, touching, ingenious creation’
- R. L. Stevenson
Harry Brockway, who has created some of Folio’s most popular illustrations, has provided 14 beautiful wood engravings for this edition. Figures loom ominously in shadows, their faces watchful, despairing or uncertain, while the binding features two images of Raskolnikov: the front shows him clutching the axe with which he will commit his terrible crimes, while the image on the back depicts him shackled and shaven-headed as he submits to his punishment.
Quarter-bound in buckram with printed cloth sides
Set in Ehrhardt
Frontispiece and 13 black & white wood engravings
9½˝ x 6¼˝