Fyodor Dostoevsky's Crime and punishment : a graphic novel /

"Dostoevsky draws a grim portrait of nineteenth century Russia, a society divided into the depraved rich and the helpless poor. Hunted by police and his own conscience, Raskolnikov is driven toward confession. He despairs that only by turning himself in will he find reprieve from his agony or,...

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Main Author: Korkos, Alain.
Other Authors: Mairowitz, David Zane, 1943-, Dostoyevsky, Fyodor, 1821-1881.
Format: Book
Language: English
Russian
Published: New York : Sterling, 2008.
Series: Sterling illustrated classics
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Review by Booklist Review

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.--Chipman, Ian Copyright 2009 Booklist

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