The book: Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky

The first sentence: “At the beginning of July, during an extremely hot spell, towards evening, a young man left the closet he rented from tenants in S—-y Lane, walked out onto the street, and slowly, if indecisively, headed for K—-n Bridge.”

The cover designer: Peter Mendelsund

The bathing suit: Trinity Swimsuit by Chromat. $235.