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Crime and Punishment

By Fyodor Dostoevsky
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Publisher Description

Crime and Punishment tells the story of Rodion Raskolnikov, an ex-student who plans to murder a pawnbroker to test his theory of personality. Having accomplished the deed, Raskolnikov struggles with mental anguish while trying to both avoid the consequences and hide his guilt from his friends and family.

Dostoevsky’s original idea for the novel centered on the Marmeladov family and the impact of alcoholism in Russia, but inspired by a double murder in France he decided to rework it around the new character of Raskolnikov. The novel was first serialized in The Russian Messenger over the course of 1866, where it was an instant success. It was published in a single volume in 1867. Presented here is Constance Garnett’s 1914 translation.

36 Reviews

Beaming Face with Smiling Eyes“I love this book. One of the few I read in my first semester of college. Amazing immersion into the curiosity behind violence, and the way we can separate ourselves so adamantly from the truth of what may link us to others and our true nature. It’s very engaging, very human, and truly, I think, displays what “show not tell” is trying to convey.”
Characters change and growMulti-layered charactersOriginal writingAddictiveSuspensefulDark settingComing of ageDarkViolence
Thinking Face“raskolnikov relatable”
Morally ambiguousRelatable charactersPoeticTragicDark settingDescriptiveMeaningfulMemorablePolitical
Thinking Face“finished it a few months ago so i cant really put a fresh review of it, although i havent stopped talking about it since. it has impacted me so much, made me question my morals, what justice is to me. it is a perfect book to converse about for hours, so philosophical and deep. it makes you think and feel. giving this book my time to analyse and think was so worth it. it might be intimidating at first but give it time and patience and its life changing. read this before you die. not joking”
Morally ambiguousOriginal charactersConversationalDark settingInsightfulMeaningful
Surprised Face with Open Mouth
Characters change and growDescriptive writingDark settingRealistic settingDarkViolence
Surprised Face with Open Mouth
Diverse charactersMulti-layered charactersBeautifully writtenDescriptive writingSuspensefulTwistyDark settingImmersive settingRealistic settingDark

About Fyodor Dostoevsky

Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky (UK: Russian: Фёдор Михайлович Достоевский, tr. Fyódor Mikháylovich Dostoyévskiy, 11 November 1821 – 9 February 1881), sometimes transliterated as Dostoyevsky, was a Russian novelist, short story writer, essayist, and journalist. Dostoevsky's literary works explore the human condition in the troubled political, social, and spiritual atmospheres of 19th-century Russia, and engage with a variety of philosophical and religious themes. His most acclaimed novels include Crime and Punishment (1866), The Idiot (1869), Demons (1872), and The Brothers Karamazov (1880). Dostoevsky's body of works consists of 12 novels, four novellas, 16 short stories, and numerous other works. Many literary critics rate him as one of the greatest novelists in all of world literature, as multiple of his works are considered highly influential masterpieces. His 1864 novella Notes from Underground is considered to be one of the first works of existentialist literature; this has resulted in Dostoevsky being looked upon as both a philosopher and theologian as well.

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