A Novel in Three Parts
'An outstanding achievement' John Bayley
Dostoevsky first conceived of this book as 'novel-pamphlet' in which he intended to 'say everything' about Russia's new liberal reformers, whom he loathed - particularly the group of anti-Czarist political terrorists known as Nihilists. During the winter of 1869 this group, i n the course of plotting destruction, murdred on of their own; this event and the ensuing trial became the nucleus of Dostoevsky's unfolding masterwork.
“'An outstanding achievement' John Bayley”
“'As close to Dostoevsky's Russian as is possible in English'”
“'Volokhonsky's and Pevear's translation brings to the surface all of Dostoevsky's subtle linguistic and nationalist humour, and the copious notes are indispensable for making one's way through the thicket of 19th-century Russian politics'”