Reviews for Crime and Punishment


Booklist Reviews 2009 May #1
It might seem like an impossible task to cram such a heady work as Dostoevsky's powerhouse crime novel into a graphic novel, but Mairowitz and Korkos have managed a fairly successful interpretation. They set the action in present-day Russia, which leads to some surprisingly clever allusions, but apart from that, they keep fairly close to the plot of the original, a strategy that creates some definite sticking points. Characters appear out of nowhere with little explanation of how they relate to the story, and certain minor and major details won't make much sense to readers unfamiliar with the original. That said, the black-and-white artwork is a haunting expression of Raskolnikov's severe inner turmoil; the stark angles, haunted visages, and heavy preponderance of black on the page captures psychological dread with an almost Hitchcockian flair. No one can expect this to match the depths of the original, but don't think of it as a Cliffs Notes-esque alternative, either. Minor nudity, drug use, and blood splatters might make for a hard sell for classroom use. Copyright 2009 Booklist Reviews.

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Publishers Weekly Reviews 2010 December #3

Dostoyevski's classic novel of murder and guilt, featuring the conflicted killer Raskolnikov and his intellectually nimble antagonist Porfiry Petrovich, is read by the well-regarded Dick Hill. The combination should make for a must-listen audiobook, but the results are disappointingly plodding. Hill overemotes much of Dostoyevski's emotionally charged dialogue, rendering a delicate series of encounters as an array of outbursts and breakdowns. Listeners might find themselves wishing that Hill would restrain himself from the pitfalls of facile emotion in favor of a straight delivery of the inherent drama and descriptive splendor of the novel In a welcome technological twist, however, Tantor includes an e-book with this audiobook (as it does with most of its classic audiobooks), giving readers multiple options for how they might prefer to encounter Dostoyevski. (Sept.)

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Publishers Weekly Reviews 1993 February #4
An acclaimed new translation of the classic Russian novel. (Mar.) Copyright 1993 Cahners Business Information.

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