By Fyodor Dostoyevsky
A younger guy commits the proper crime -- the homicide of a vile pawnbroker whom nobody will omit. Raskolnikov is determined for funds, yet convinces himself that his purpose for the homicide is to learn mankind. So starts off one of many maximum novels ever written, a trip into the felony brain, a police mystery, and a philosophical meditation on morality and redemption.
This translation by means of Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky, used to be a winner of the 1991 PEN/Book-of-the-Month membership Prize for most sensible Translation!
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The usual crowd of curious spectators immediately filled the quay of Fort Saint-Jean, for at Marseilles the arrival of a ship is always a great event, especially when that ship, as was the case with the Pharaon, has been built, rigged, and laden in the dockyard of old Phocaea and belongs to a shipowner of their own town. Meanwhile the vessel drew on, and was approaching the harbour under topsails, jib, and foresail, but so slowly and with such an air of melancholy that the spectators, always ready to sense misfortune, began to ask one another what ill-luck had overtaken those on board.
I don’t even know what the packet contained, and the Emperor merely made such inquiries as he would of any newcomer. ” As the young man departed Danglars approached. ” “Most satisfactory ones, dear Monsieur Danglars. ” “Dantès certainly did his, and there is nothing more to be said on the matter. ” Danglars turned red. ” “Then, Monsieur Morrel, pray don’t mention it to Dantès. ” Just then the young man returned and Danglars retreated as before. ” “I beg you to excuse me, Monsieur Morrel. I owe my first visit to my father.
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