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Crime and Punishment

A novel by Fyodor Dostoevsky

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  • Jun 24, 2010
Favorite book ever. MUST READ! It'll drive you crazy right away.
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review by . June 24, 2010
Fyodor Dostoevsky is an amazing writer. The first two pages of the book and you're hooked. No, in the introduction, or was it the story of his own father...anyways. I love the author and I love this book more than any other. Right away, you are captured by this awful murder you never would have imagined a normal man doing. But, of course, he is never normal again. Once the crime is committed, he can't go back. His actions get murkier and stranger and deeper into a black hole you just can't …
Quick Tip by . July 17, 2010
This is a tough read but worth it. Dostoevsky maps the sinking of the human spirit and rise of desperation in a beautiful sort of way.
Quick Tip by . July 15, 2010
Possibly the greatest novel ever written. It has a great story arc, well-developed and interesting characters, as well as a great commentary on Russian society of the mid-1800's.
Quick Tip by . July 03, 2010
Quite a bit of dense text in this book, but it has an interesting story.
Quick Tip by . June 30, 2010
they've done it again. Can i get a war and peace?
Quick Tip by . June 29, 2010
This is a psychological drama well worth reading, in terms of depth of feeling and the question of a conscience and moral angst over what is right or wrong
Quick Tip by . June 28, 2010
Quick Tip by . June 27, 2010
Fabulous study of humanity
Quick Tip by . June 26, 2010
A classic morality tale, arguably THE classic morality tale
Quick Tip by . June 22, 2010
Really exciting!
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Crime and Punishment (Russian: Преступление и наказание Prestuplenie i nakazanie) is a novel by Russian author Fyodor Dostoevsky that was first published in the literary journal The Russian Messenger in twelve monthly installments in 1866. It was later published in a single volume. It is the second of Dostoevsky's full-length novels after he returned from his exile in Siberia, and the first great novel of his mature period.

Crime and Punishment focuses on the mental anguish and moral dilemmas of Rodion Romanovich Raskolnikov, an impoverished St. Petersburg ex-student who formulates and executes a plan to kill a hated, unscrupulous pawnbroker for her money, thereby solving his financial problems and at the same time, he argues, ridding the world of an evil, worthless parasite. Several times throughout the novel, Raskolnikov justifies his actions by relating himself to Napoleon, believing that murder is permissible in pursuit of a higher purpose.

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