July 01, 2015

Crime & Punishment



Oliver Ready’s newly published translation of Crime and Punishment was short-listed for the prestigious Read Russia translation prize. (As it turns out, Ready’s translation of Vladimir Sharov’s Before and During took the top honor.) The work is fresh and yet true to the original, a work brilliantly done.

This scene is excerpted from Part 4, Chapter 4. Raskolnikov has committed his murder, and now seeks to convince Sonya, a prostitute, to run away with him.

“I haven’t come just to talk,” said Raskolnikov loudly all of a sudden. Frowning, he got to his feet and walked over to Sonya. Silently, she lifted her eyes towards him. His gaze was particularly stern, expressing some wild determination.


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