• A truly great translation ... Sometimes new translations of old favourites are surplus to our requirements. Sometimes, though, a new translation really makes us see a favourite masterpiece afresh. And this English version of <i>Crime and Punishment</i> really is better ... <i>Crime and Punishment,</i> as well as being an horrific story and a compelling drama, is also extremely funny. Ready brings out this quality well ... That knife-edge between sentimentality and farce has been so skilfully and delicately captured here ... Ready's version is colloquial, compellingly modern and <b>- </b>in so far as my amateurish knowledge of the language goes <b>-</b> much closer to the Russian. ... The central scene in the book is a masterpiece of translation