Writing his way to salvation

Geordie Williamson on the genesis of ‘Crime and Punishment’
The ABR Podcast 17 March 2022

Writing his way to salvation

Geordie Williamson on the genesis of ‘Crime and Punishment’
The ABR Podcast 17 March 2022

Tracy K Smith


Author and scholar Kevin Birmingham has shown that books as much as people are worthy subjects of biography. This year he has followed up The Most Dangerous Book, his award-winning account of the battle to get James Joyce’s Ulysses published, with The Sinner and the Saint, a book about the genesis of another classic: Crime and Punishment. In this week’s episode of The ABR Podcast, Geordie Williamson reads his review of Birmingham’s latest study, one which ‘brings microscopic detail and a sense of drama to the composition’ of Fyodor Dostoevsky’s masterpiece.

Geordie Williamson is the author of The Burning Library: Our greatest novelists lost and found (2011).

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Comment (1)

  • That was fascinating - thank you. Sara
    Posted by Sara Vidal
    17 March 2022

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