(Phoebe Taplin’s article appeared on Russia Beyond the Headlines, 12/3.)

 

1) 'Crime and Punishment' Fyodor Dostoevsky

Hailed by AN Wilson in The Spectator as a “truly great translation” that captures the novel’s “knife-edge between sentimentality and farce”, Ready’s new translation of Crime and Punishment is thoughtful and elegant. Dostoevsky’s moody, murderous, handsome, penniless ex-student Raskolnikov has become a byword in many languages for an immoral protagonist feverishly obsessed by his own crimes. Ready shows us once again why this novel is one of the most intriguing psychological studies ever written. 

His translation also manages to revive the disturbing humor of the original, just as Harry Lloyd’s recent stage version of Notes from Underground did. There is a poignant comedy in the tavern speeches of Marmeladov (father to Sonya, the good-hearted prostitute) as he drunkenly tells Raskolnikov “the story of my life”.

Source: Russia Beyond the Headlines – http://rbth.com/literature/2014/12/03/five_russian_books_for_your_christmas_gift_list_41893.html)

 

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