|My Pevear and Volokhonsky edition.|
Crime and Punishment is a murder story. Afterward, murderer Raskolnikov endures fits of guilt induced illness and paranoia. His story becomes one of cat-and-mouse, where neither he nor the reader is quite sure who knows what or how much. Will Raskolnikov completely unravel?
I can't tell you how it ends, but I can tell you I enjoyed the story and was relieved to find it easy to follow. I may have to credit this to the translators, Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky. All of my Russian translations come from this pair, who have won numerous awards for their excellence in keeping so closely to the original meaning in their translations.
Crime and Punishment is another positive checkmark on my classics list. Any tough classic you are proud to have read?