The Book Club

Kevin Birmingham: The Sinner and The Saint

39 min listen

In This Episode

My guest in this week’s Book Club podcast is Kevin Birmingham, whose new book The Sinner and The Saint: Dostoevsky, A Crime and its Punishment, tells the extraordinary story of how Dostoevsky came to write Crime and Punishment – and the underexplored story of the real-life murderer whose case inspired it. Physical agony, Siberian exile, vicious state censorship, old-school nihilists – and the astonishing personal resilience of one of Russia’s greatest writers… it’s all here.

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