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Crime and Punishment: A Graphic Novel (Illustrated Classics)

3.47  ·  Rating details ·  472 ratings  ·  52 reviews
“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. Peters
Paperback, 128 pages
Published January 26th 2009 by Sterling (first published 2008)
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Mar 15, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Θα πω αυτό που λέω πάντα για τα graphic novels γνωστών βιβλίων....δεν μπορούν σε καμια περίπτωση να ανταποκριθούν στο πρωτότυπο κι αυτο γιατί δεν μπορείς να συμπεριλάβεις,έστω και περιληπτικά, 600 σελίδες σε ένα κομικ των 100 σελίδων. Πολλές οι παραλείψεις. Αν δεν έχεις διαβάσει το πρωτότυπο χάνεις όλες τις βασικές έννοιες που περνάει ο Ντοστογιέφσκι μέσα από το μυθιστόρημά του. Η εικονογράφηση αν και ασπρόμαυρη είναι πολύ καλή και ρεαλιστική. Όπως έχω ξαναγράψει τα graphic novels συμπληρώνουν α ...more
David Schaafsma
Dec 14, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: gn-lit-based
Crime and Punishment is one of my favorite books of all time, language rich, full of internal monologue and angst and despair. I am not sure what you get from this 120 page graphic adaptation of a more than 600 page epic story. This pares the story down to bare bones, but without poetry. It feels a little insulting, the very worst thing you can do to a classic, to dumb it down in the way elites have always feared comics adaptations would do to great works! If you are going to do a short adaptati ...more
Jun 19, 2015 rated it liked it
Can't quite rate this any higher because I haven't read the actual book and I can't compare it. I love that the classics are done in graphic novel format. It's a fabulous way to read them as a supplemental (never as a replacement of the actual novel) and also a great way to introduce someone to the classics. At least I would hope people would want to read the book after reading the graphic novel. This is a great story and has made me want to read some more of Dotoevsky's novels. The graphic nove ...more
Özlem Güzelharcan
Mar 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
Evinin duvarında Scream ve Sex Pistols afişi olan Raskolnikov görmek heyecan verici.
Timothy Ball
Dec 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: tim-s-shelf
"A black tormented feeling of solitude and alienation came over Raskolnikov. It was new and strange to him. Suddenly it was no longer possible to speak to these policeman."
Apr 14, 2019 rated it liked it
I am preparing for a re-read of Crime and Punishment. I have read this book as a lead up to the re-read. More informative than a summary, and less troubling than the long version.

The art is dramatic. This pure tonal representation and lack of color inform the sharpness of the story. Despite the hesitancy of the main character Rodyon Rasholnikov to admit his truth, his action remain definite (delineation of black and white) and self-limiting (only tones, no color). So the palette serves well.
Oct 02, 2010 rated it really liked it
I haven't read the original version of Crime and Punishment yet, but I am familiar with other Dostoevsky works, and combined with the excellent quality of this book, I am pretty sure it is an excellent adaptation and remains true to the story and its themes. The artwork seems to capture the depressing-reality nature of Dostoevsky's Russia, and is timely and important. This version really seems to sum up Crime and Punishment without the hundreds of pages which can sometimes be tedious and oh too ...more
Jun 18, 2013 rated it it was ok
It must be hard to distil a 600 page novel into a fairly short graphic work, and this book is a fair indication of that. Needlessly updating the story to modern Russia (nothing is gained from this, the work is just as relevant today in its original setting), this book works on a superficial level but cannot gain the depth of the source material. Illustratively, the artwork is adequate, and assists the novel in moving at a fast pace; but ultimately it is the pace which undoes it. Crime And Punish ...more
Jessica Hollo
Aug 27, 2012 rated it it was ok
Read this to get out of reading the long version. Glad I didn't read the long version, this one was boring enough as it was!
Iris D
Jul 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
Page 27 is absolutely hilarious.
May 16, 2019 rated it liked it
This is my first introduction to the story of Crime and Punishment. Korkos and Mairowitz say in the introduction that Dostoevsky's novel "is generally interpreted as a story of private madness and individual redemption. Such a reading, however, is to ignore the dysfunctional social context of this virtually motiveless murder. In a world sharply divided... between the super-rich and the destitute, who is to say where the madness lies? This is a portrait of a society as a lunatic asylum, where... ...more
Elle Kay
Sep 03, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-book
As someone who has not read the original text, this was my first foray into Crime and Punishment and I felt that this adaption made sense and kept my interest for the entirety of the read. The story itself I can see could have a lot more detail, especially in the characters, and this was lacking in this graphic version but if you just want to be introdyced to Dostoevsky, then this is the perfect vehicle and the art style fits the dark nature of the tale really well.
Sep 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
diseños increíbles, lenguaje fácil, iba todo a buen ritmo pero sentí el final muy apresurado, aún así es una novela grafica linda, deja buena expectativa para ir directo a la novela original de Fiódor Dostoiévski
Darina Philogene
Didn't enjoy this as much as I thought I would
Mar 17, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2017
I found this book quite hair-raising. The main character is quite mad, and the happenings in the book, that he partakes in, or witnesses, are shocking and unpleasant. I did know that the story wasn't going to be sunshine and sweetness, but I didn't realise it would be as unremitting dark as it is.
Neil R. Coulter
Jul 25, 2015 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: No one
I was skeptical about a graphic novel adaptation of Crime and Punishment--one of my favorite novels--but I saw it on the shelf at the public library and the black and white illustrations grabbed my attention, so I checked it out. Now that I've read it, I see that I was right to be skeptical. The adaptation doesn't really work on any level. The primary difficulty is that Crime and Punishment is a very internal novel. Words, and especially the words of people's thoughts, are much more important th ...more
Becky B
Sep 08, 2013 rated it did not like it
This is a graphic novel adaptation of Dostoevsky's classic about a man who thinks he can commit murder and get away with it, but the guilt drives him mad. And he ends up confessing to his otherwise perfect (and he thinks permissible) crime.

After reading this I've realized there are probably some classics that are better off not in visual format. The book was going along, doing an ok job of portraying the classic novel in a re-imagined modern Russian context. But in being a part of the Russian lo
Jack Waters
Aug 08, 2010 rated it really liked it
Of course it isn't as good as the ever-so-excellent "regular" version, but it was fun to see Raskolnikov drawn out and wandering in his confusion.

I would recommend it to someone that has already read the unabridged classic already, lest the person feels they get the gist of the story, which would be a horrible thing to reduce Dostoevsky's prose to black and white panels with a general storyline.

What I didn't like about it was the modernization of it. As far as I know -- and I could be wrong --
May 02, 2010 added it
My friends loved Crime and Punishment when they read it in high school, but I chose King Lear for that assignment and never got a chance with C&P, which I bought sometime around that year and have been sitting on ever since. This graphic novel is so slight that it is really nothing more than a summary, but by putting the story in modern times, and basically abridging the novel to 1/100th its original length, it still renewed my interest in the novel itself. That would really be the only purp ...more
Mar 03, 2012 rated it liked it
I started reading the original novel for our library book club. It's an enormous novel and not one of those books you can't wait to sit down and read each day. I decided life's too short to read a book you don't really like, and was told about the graphic novel. I read it in about a day and it was actually quite enjoyable. I've never read a graphic novel before, so that in itself was fun. I got an overview of what happens in the original book, which is good. Now I'm going to look through my list ...more
This modern retelling of Dostoevsky's classic has good points, but is so remarkably rushed that the pacing felt really awkward, and there was no sense that Raskolnikov actually suffered for his deeds, or from his paranoia about being investigated.
By modernizing the story, rather than leaving it a period piece, the graphic novel creators put themselves up as almost competing with the original, and to that extent it suffers in the comparison. If you read it as if you'd never heard of the original,
Dec 18, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic-novels
It is quite an ambitious undertaking to try to convert a Russian masterpiece known for its reflective and complicated characters. Of course, the original was fantastic, although dark and rather nihilistic. This version leave much to be desired, unfortunately. It seems obvious that converting this novel into a 120 graphic novel means that it will be watered down, but this one is far too watery. They would have been better off trying to focus on one element, one major scene, but instead they take ...more
Nerdish Mum
I feel badly that I'm giving this such a low score as Crime and Punishment is in my top three books of all time and I think everyone should read it. However this version just leaves me cold and by making the changes they did and moving it to "modern day" it has lost the magic and feeling that the original has. The reason it's three stars instead of less is that it is well written for all its let downs, and the art is well done and matches the tone, however the odd film/band posters were quite ja ...more
Jul 07, 2012 rated it did not like it
Public library copy.

Purists of classic literature beware this unfaithful comic book adaptation based on Dostoyevsky's popular novel. This effort would have fared better if it were handled in the way Classics Illustrated treated material they published. Unfortunately, the story has been modernized to 21st Century, but worse of all there is no continuity to word balloons making it quite a task for the reader to follow the conversations between two people even though two separate panels are meant
May 21, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novel, own
Dostojevski is niet bepaald een naam die je associeert met hedendaagse striphelden als The Punisher en Batman. Toch is het verschil tussen Dostojevski's Raskolnikov en de moderne superheld kleiner dan je denkt. Het beeldverhaal Misdaad en straf toont dit aan.

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Jun 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
I thought this book was great, but I also felt bad for Raskolnikov. He did what he thought was noble, and courageous, by planning to kill an pawnbroker for her cash. Raskolnikov thinks that with the pawnbroker's money he can perform good deeds ,while ridding the world of a insects. I like how the graphic novel stays with the classical plot and characters. However, it adds its 21 century spin on the famous novel. I enjoyed this book and the author as well.
Fred Hudson
Mar 08, 2010 rated it liked it
The art was meh... The story was, well, I haven't read the original, but the story wasn't that wonderful. I think that there was some disconnect between the story and art, because I was left staring at a couple of pages trying to determine what was/had happened. Maybe if I read the original material I would like it better. The philosophically moral conundrum this book addresses never felt fully fleshed out. Therefore, it had no real lasting impact.
Dec 14, 2009 rated it liked it
I have not read the full-length novel, nor am I overly familiar with Russian literature. The Graphic Novel is visually interesting (the style seems influenced by Jamie Hewlett and Mike Mignola)and overall this makes for a nice, quick read. I admit there is a lot here I did not understand, and I would probably appreciate it more if I took a class on Russian literature. It's definitely not fluffy bunny subject matter.
Feb 07, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic
The chief virtue of this synopsis for me, as somebody who recently read the full-text version, is demonstrating by contrast how richly detailed and complex Dostoyevsky's novel really is. Boiling it down to 119 pages of text and image, Korkos and Mairowitz barely have room to get the plot outlined, let alone the nuances.
Mar 13, 2009 rated it did not like it
I read this illustrated adaption of Crime & Punishment in one sitting at Barnes & Noble. While I love that book this thing was terrible. The illustrations alone made me want to jab my eyes out, they were choppy, terrible and not at all interesting to look at. Yes, having it shown visually made some muddled things a bit clearer but overall I absolutely hated this.
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