Well, I’m reading their works on my own anyway, but I prefer translations in this case. I may do some exceptions if Advanced Book Club picks one of their books, but beside that, I’ll stick to my translated collection.
And anyway, in Dostoyevsky case, the original is in Russian language, remember
Ah! I think it’s a nice opportunity to share - I got two new books delivered today - both are short stories collections, one by Ango, and one by Kenji. In Polish.
About Crime and Punishment… It was one of the better books in “required in school” category, and it was quite enjoyable, but I was reading it after Death Note and I preferred Death Note version of the same theme.
Both Light and Raskolnikov believe that they have the right to single-handedly judge and murder people, and only Light has balls to actually carry on with this plan. Meanwhile, Raskolnikov quickly suffers mental breakdown. Is it more realistic? Probably yes. But it’s a little tiring to read about.
So, yep. Imagine Light in Russia, without money/good social status, who becomes scared of what he did after his first murder. And no superpowers. And then the whole book is about dealing with consequences of his failed marvelous plan which assumed “that he is an extraordinary person able to take on the spiritual responsibility of using evil means to achieve humanitarian ends” (from Britannica).
…Unless you didn’t read/watch Death Note, I somehow take for granted that everybody did.