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New editions of Dostoyevsky, Flannery O'Connor and Charles Johnson

New editions of "Crime and Punishment," "Everything That

New editions of "Crime and Punishment," "Everything That Rises Must Converge" and "Middle Passage." Credit: Penguin/FSG/Scribner

CRIME AND PUNISHMENT, by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, translated by Oliver Ready. Penguin Classics introduces its new translation of this dark 19th century Russian classic -- which Dostoyevsky began writing 150 years ago this summer -- in a "Graphic Deluxe Edition" with a blood-drenched Grand Guignol cover by illustrator Zohar Lazar. You know the story: Raskolnikov commits a murder, is pursued by a suspicious detective, becomes a nervous wreck. (Penguin Classic, $20 paper)

EVERYTHING THAT RISES MUST CONVERGE, by Flannery O'Connor. Last month the great Catholic writer who raised peacocks in Midgeville, Georgia, got a U.S. postage stamp with her likeness. Now Farrar, Straus and Giroux is reissuing her books, including this 1965 story collection, with new cover art by June Glasson. Other titles coming are "Wise Blood," "The Violent Bear It Away," "Mystery and Manners" and "The Complete Stories." (FSG, $16 paper)

MIDDLE PASSAGE, by Charles Johnson. This National Book Award-winning novel, published 25 years ago, comes with a new introduction by cultural critic Stanley Crouch. Structured as a series of journal entries from 1830, "Middle Passage" relates the story on a freed slave in New Orleans who ditches his creditors and an amorous schoolteacher by stowing away aboard a slave ship bound for Africa to purchase the members of a legendary tribe. (Scribner, $15 paper)

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