Dostoevsky quote type

dpiechnik's picture

Hey guys,

I'm doing an assignment for school which requires me to lay out a quote using type. I've chosen a quote from the end of Crime & Punishment as mine and thought I'd send out a request for type ideas. I have some idea of what I'd like to use (no names, just ideas) but I thought I'd see if anyone here had any thoughts that didn't occour to me.

The quote is:
Raskolnikov refused the water with his hand, and softly and brokenly, but distinctly said: "It was I killed the old pawnbroker woman and her sister Lizaveta with an axe and robbed them."

Russian book, published in 1866 if that's any help for you guys. I will be doing some mixing of fonts with this as I'd like his speech to be in a different style, but for the narration text I'd like something that fits the piece.

Any ideas?

Thanks guys, you're awesome.

Alessandro Segalini's picture

ITC Veljovic

Nick Shinn's picture

Check out the fonts at Paratype.
If you're looking to make an historical allusiion, read the font blurbs and find something bookish, Russian-designed, and from the right era.

mondoB's picture

For 1866, your best bet is ITC Bodoni Twelve, which captures the look of the time very subtly without sacrificing legibility or good-size x-height. Excellent italic too.

Alessandro Segalini's picture

I thought something similar, too, John Stahle, I wanted to post ITC Fenice but for some synesthetic reasons I posted Veljovic. Right now STF/ITC Biblon jumped in my mind as a possible "otlichno" candidate.

dpiechnik's picture

Hey guys,

Thanks for the help with this one. Just took a look at Bodoni 12 and it looks like it should do the job quite well.


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