Title Crime and Punishment (Norton Critical Edition)
Author Fyodor Dostoevsky, Michael R. Katz
ISBN 9780393264272
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Binding Paperback
No of pages 576
Book size 140 x 218 mm
Publishing year 2018
Original publisher W. W. Norton & Company
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About the book


 “These are the voices of Crime and Punishment in all their original, dazzling variety: pensive, urgent, defiant, and triumphant. This new translation by Michael Katz revives the intensity Dostoevsky’s first readers experienced.”
Susan McReynolds, Northwestern University


“Mesmerizingly good . . . the best, truest translation of Dostoevsky’s masterpiece into English. It’s a magnificent, almost terrifying achievement of translation, one that makes its predecessors, however worthy, seem safe and polite.”
Steve Donoghue, Open Letters Monthly


This Norton Critical Edition includes:

  • Michael Katz’s “superb” (Times Literary Supplement) new translation of the world’s most-read Russian novel accompanied by his preface and detailed explanatory footnotes.
  • Names of principal characters, a note on characters’ names, and a map of St. Petersburg.
  • Key excerpts from Dostoevsky’s notebooks, letters, and his early draft of Part II, Chapter 2.
  • Twenty-six scholarly essays on the novel from Russian, European, and American sources.
  • A chronology and a selected bibliography.


About the Series

Read by more than 12 million students over fifty-five years, Norton Critical Editions set the standard for apparatus that is right for undergraduate readers. The three-part format—annotated text, contexts, and criticism—helps students to better understand, analyze, and appreciate the literature, while opening a wide range of teaching possibilities for instructors. Whether in print or in digital format, Norton Critical Editions provide all the resources students need.


Names of Principal Characters
Note on the Characters’ Names

The Text of Crime and Punishment

Backgrounds and Sources
MAP: The St. Petersburg of Crime and Punishment
From Dostoevsky’s Notebooks
From Dostoevsky’s Letters
To A. A. Krayevsky (June 8, 1865)
To M. N. Katkov (September 1865)
To A. Ye. Wrangel (February 18, 1866)
To M. N. Katkov (April 25, 1866)
Early Draft of Part II, Chapter 2

N. Strakhov • [The Nihilists and Raskolnikov’s New Idea]
Leo Tolstoy • [How Minute Changes of Consciousness Caused Raskolnikov to Commit Murder]
Sergei V. Belov • The History of the Writing of the Novel
Le Vicomte E.-M. de Vogüé • [Religion of Suffering]
Vladimir Nabokov • Crime and Punishment (1866)
Konstantin Mochulsky • [Dostoevsky’s Search for Motives in the Notebooks]
Vadim V. Kozhinov • The First Sentence in Crime and Punishment, the Word “Crime,” and Other Matters
Robert Louis Jackson • Philosophical Pro and Contra in Part One of Crime and Punishment
Konrad Onasch • The Death of Marmeladov
Michael R. Katz • The Nihilism of Sonia Marmeladova
Harriet Murav • The Wisdom of a Iurodivaia
Gary Rosenshield • Dunia Raskol’nikov—The Aesthetic Consequences of Virtue in Crime and Punishment
Anna Berman • Self-Sacrifice vs. Saving a Sister: The Roles of Sister and Brother
George Gibian • Traditional Symbolism in Crime and Punishment
Joseph Frank • The World of Raskolnikov
Vyacheslav Ivanov • The Revolt Against Mother Earth
Ralph E. Matlaw • Recurrent Imagery in Crime and Punishment
A. Bem • [The Problem of Guilt in Dostoevsky’s Fiction]
Julian W. Connolly • “It was I who killed the old woman and her sister . . .”: Modes of Confession in Crime and Punishment
Leonid P. Grossman • [The Construction of the Novel] • [Dostoevsky’s Descriptions: The Characters and the City]
F. I. Evnin • [Plot Structure and Raskolnikov’s Oscillations]
Mikhail Bakhtin • [The Hero in Dostoevsky’s Art; The Idea in Dostoevsky]
Michael Holquist • Puzzle and Mystery, the Narrative Poles of Knowing: Crime and Punishment
Gary Saul Morson • [Sideshadowing and Its Possibilities; Disease #3, Hypothetical Time. Crime and Chronicity]
Claudia Verhoeven • [Raskolnikov, Karakazov, and the Etiology of a “New Word”]
Ellen Chances • A Triple Take? Crime and Punishment in Woody Allen’s Cinematic Universe

Fyodor Dostoevsky: A Chronology
Serialization of Crime and Punishment in The Russian Herald, 1866
Selected Bibliography

About the Author:

Fyodor Dostoevsky wrote The Brothers Karamazov, Crime and Punishment, The Idiot, and many other novels.

About the Editor:

Michael R. Katz is the C. V. Starr Professor Emeritus of Russian and East European Studies at Middlebury College. He has published translations of more than fifteen Russian novels, including Fathers and Children and Notes from Underground. He lives in Cornwall, Vermont.

Target Audience:

Students and Academicians of English Literature.


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