Crime and Punishment

Crime and Punishment

A Graphic Novel

Book - 2008
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"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.

Publisher: New York : Sterling, 2008
ISBN: 9781411415942
1411415949
Branch Call Number: GN MAIROWITZ 2008
Characteristics: 122 p. : chiefly ill. ; 25 cm

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Not sure you can handle 564 pages of Dostoyevsky? This graphic novel has all the horror and suspense of the original drawn in bleak black and white illustrations.

Not sure you can handle 564 pages of Dostoyevsky? This graphic novel has all the horror and suspense of the original drawn in bleak black and white illustrations.


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Mark_Daly
Jul 22, 2013

Updating the setting to contemporary Russia is a nice touch, but it also makes elements of the original plot seem anachronistic. Similarly, the steps taken to retain much of the original's extended dialogues make this visual adaptation slow-moving and talky. Many scenes are further marred by awkward word balloon placement.

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