'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?' TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT BOOKS
OF THE YEAR 2014 This new translation of Dostoevsky'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. Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky was born in Moscow in 1821.
His debut, the epistolary novella Poor Folk (1846), made his name. In 1849
he was arrested for involvement with the politically subversive
'Petrashevsky circle' and until 1854 he lived in a convict prison in Omsk,
Siberia. From this experience came The House of the Dead (1860-2). In 1860
he began the journal Vremya (Time). Already married, he fell in love with
one of his contributors, Appollinaria Suslova, eighteen years his junior,
and developed a ruinous passion for roulette. After the death of his first
wife, Maria, in 1864, Dostoyevsky completed Notes from Underground and
began work towards Crime and Punishment (1866). The major novels of his
late period are The Idiot (1868), Demons (1871-2) and The Brothers
Karamazov (1879-80). He died in 1881. Oliver Ready is Research Fellow in
Russian Society and Culture at St Antony's College, Oxford. He is general
editor of the anthology, The Ties of Blood: Russian Literature from the
21st Century (2008), and Consultant Editor for Russia, Central and Eastern
Europe at the Times Literary Supplement. As Director of the Russkiy Mir
Programme at St Antony's, he runs events and conferences devoted to Russian

Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Oliver Ready—Crime and Punishment

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