Few authors have been as personally familiar with desperation as Fyodor Dostoevsky (1821-1881), and none have been so adept at describing it. His harrowing experiences in Russian prisons, combined with a profound religious philosophy, formed the basis for his greatest books: Crime and Punishment, The Idiot, The Possessed, and The Brothers Karamazov. When Dostoevsky died in 1881, he left a legacy of masterful novels that immortalized him as a giant of Russian literature.
Crime and Punishment: A Graphic Novel (Illustrated Classics)by Fyodor Dostoevsky, Alain Korkos (Illustrator), David Zane Mairowitz, Metro Metro Media (Produced by)
This graphic adaptation of Crime and Punishment masterfully illuminates Dostoevsky’s psychological thriller. Acclaimed French artist Alain Korkos vividly brings to life the mental anguish and moral dilemmas that/i>
“And, in the dark, a thought came to me that no one had ever had before me: I wanted to kill someone, just in order to dare.”
This graphic adaptation of Crime and Punishment masterfully illuminates Dostoevsky’s psychological thriller. Acclaimed French artist Alain Korkos vividly brings to life the mental anguish and moral dilemmas that plague Raskolnikov, a poor St. Petersburg student who murders a miserly pawnbroker. In this classic of Russian literature, the hero, unable to quell his guilt and paranoia, falls from a self-styled “super human” to a tormented soul in search of redemption. Both a philosophical inquiry and searing social critique, this suspense-driven drama remains as widely popular today as ever.
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This graphic novel kept to the original story line, but used modern-day illustrations to bring this into the 21st century. The story was easy to follow, kept to all the main points of the original text, and had clear, clean illustrations. I read this GN form first, then the original book. It was easier to understand the original Dostoyevsky text this way. I would recommend this to anyone who is assigned C&P for class---not as a substitute, of course, but as a guide. You can't get the full feeling of a 430 page book in a small graphic novel, but you can certainly understand the point of the story.