When I left the Public Defender’s Office, 9th Judicial Circuit in Orlando, Florida, Joe DuRocher gave me this set of prints, a set inscribed by him. The Honourable Joseph DuRocher was the Public Defender at the time. He was also my boss.
But, not only was Joe my boss, he was also my good friend & colleague in the political and social activism of the time, in our work for human rights, liberty & justice, especially in our fight for abolition of the death penalty. Joe passed away in 2012.
Fyodor Dostoevsky’s “Crime and Punishment” by Eichenberg
In keeping with Eichenberg’s illustrations using wood engravings & his renown for illustrating the Russian literary classics, including works by Dostoevsky & Tolstoy, I share a few of his works based on Dostoevsky’s “Crime and Punishment” 1938.
The New Translation
I first touched on the new translation of Dostoyevsky’s Crime and Punishment here including this excerpt:
From the new translation of Dostoyevsky’s Crime and Punishment: This acclaimed new translation of Dostoyevsky’s “psychological record of a crime” gives his dark masterpiece of murder and pursuit a renewed vitality, expressing its jagged, staccato urgency and fevered atmosphere as never before. Raskolnikov, a destitute and desperate former student, wanders alone through the slums of St. Petersburg, deliriously imagining himself above society’s laws. But when he commits a random murder, only suffering ensues. Embarking on a dangerous game of cat and mouse with a suspicious police investigator, Raskolnikov finds the noose of his own guilt tightening around his neck. Only Sonya, a downtrodden prostitute, can offer the chance of redemption.