Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky

Crime and Punishment

byFyodor Dostoevsky, Richard Pevear, Larissa Volokhonsky

Kobo ebook | August 8, 2012

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Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read

With the same suppleness, energy, and range of voices that won their translation of The Brothers Karamazov the PEN/Book-of-the-Month Club Prize, Pevear and Volokhonsky offer a brilliant translation of Dostoevsky's classic novel that presents a clear insight into this astounding psychological thriller. "The best (translation) currently available"--Washington Post Book World.

Title:Crime and PunishmentFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:August 8, 2012Publisher:Knopf Doubleday Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:030782960X

ISBN - 13:9780307829603

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