Crime and Punishment By Fyodor Dostoyevsky


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It is a Crime and Punishment story told from the point of view of a murder, which involves even the most innocent reader in its enormities. It is a game of cat and mouse between a tormented young murderer and a mercilessly implacable detective. It is a supernaturally acute investigation of the forces that propel a man toward sin, suffering, and grace. Since its publication in 1866, Crime and Punishment has intrigued highly tested readers and translators, the best of whom seemed to capture one facet of Dostoevsky's masterpiece while losing the rest. The two years before writing Crime and Punishment (1866) for Dostoyevsky. His wife and brother had died. The magazine that he and his brother had begun, Época, collapsed under his load of debts; and was threatened with the debtor's prison. With an advance he managed to change to an unwritten novel, he fled to Wiesbaden, hoping to earn enough at the roulette table to get out of debt. Instead, he lost all his money; he had to pawn his clothes and ask his friends for loans to pay his hotel bill and return to Russia. One of his letters of begging was to the editor of a magazine, requesting an advance on another unwritten novel, which he described as Crime and Punishment.
One of the supreme masterpieces of world literature, Crime and Punishment catapulted Dostoyevsky to the forefront of Russian writers and in the ranks of the world's greatest novelists. Based on the experiences of his own days in prison, the author recounts in feverish and compelling tones the story of Raskolnikov, an impoverished student tormented by his own nihilism and the struggle between good and evil. Believing that he is above the law, and convinced that humanitarian ends justify vile means, he brutally murders an old woman, a lender whom he considers "stupid, sick, greedy ... good for nothing." Overwhelmed by feelings of guilt and terror, Raskolnikov confesses to the crime and goes to prison. There he realizes that happiness and redemption can only be achieved through suffering. Infused with strong religious, social and philosophical elements, the novel was an immediate success. This extraordinary and unforgettable work is reprinted here in the authoritative translation of Constance Garnett.
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Author Fyodor Dostoevsky
Original title Преступление и наказание (Prestupleniye i Nakatani)
Language Russian
Genre Philosophical novel
Psychological novel
Publisher The Russian Messenger (series)
Publication date
1866; separate edition 1867

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