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THE SINNER AND THE SAINT Dostoevsky and the Gentleman Murderer Who Inspired a Masterpiece

by | Read by Robert Petkoff

History • 15.75 hrs. • Unabridged • © 2021

Narrator Robert Petkoff's baritone is displayed to perfection in this account of Dostoevsky's early career--and how it inspired his later masterpiece CRIME AND PUNISHMENT. Birmingham goes into great detail describing some of the influences on the tsarist-era writer and provides details of his personal life, which was in itself Dostoevskian. He rubbed elbows with characters ranging from pawnbrokers to gamblers to egomaniacs, many of whom are quickly recognizable in his works. The audiobook particularly focuses on the infamous French murderer who inspired Dostoevsky's portrait of a killer. Years ago, when this reviewer worked in a prison, the warden there recommended reading CRIME AND PUNISHMENT for its vivid depiction of the criminal mind. Petkoff's enunciation, pacing, and inflection are perfect for this fascinating audiobook. M.T.F. © AudioFile 2022, Portland, Maine [Published: JANUARY 2022]

Trade Ed. • Penguin Audio • 2021

DD ISBN 9780593458495 $25.00


Library Ed. • Books on Tape • 2021

DD ISBN 9780593458501 $95.00

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