Crime and Punishment is a novel by the Russian author Fyodor Dostoyevsky. It was first published in the literary journal The Russian Messenger in twelve monthly installments during 1866. It was later published in a single volume. It is the second of Dostoyevsky's full-length novels following his return from ten years of exile in Siberia. Crime and Punishment is considered the first great novel of his "mature" period of writing. Crime and Punishment focuses on the mental anguish and moral dilemmas of Rodion Raskolnikov, an impoverished ex-student in St. Petersburg who formulates and executes a plan to kill an unscrupulous pawnbroker for her cash. Raskolnikov argues that with the pawnbroker's money he can perform good deeds to counterbalance the crime, while ridding the world of a worthless vermin. He also commits this murder to test his own hypothesis that some people are naturally capable of such things, and even have the right to do them. Several times throughout the novel, Raskolnikov justifies his actions by comparing himself with Napoleon Bonaparte, believing that murder is permissible in pursuit of a higher purpose.
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Crime and Punishment' concentrates on the mental tumult and moral confusion of Rodion Raskolnikov, an impecunious former student in St. Petersburg who contrives to murder a morally bankrupt pawnbroker in order to steal her money. Convinced by a friend who argues that using the pawnbroker's money for benevolent reasons would counterbalance the killing, Rodion commits the crime, but is tormented by contradictory thoughts and the ever-present danger of being caught. This text is a classic work of Russian literature, and will appeal to fans of literature of this ilk. A veritable must-read for serious literature fans, no bookshelf is complete without a copy of 'Crime and Punishment'. Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoyevsky (1821 – 1881) was a Russian novelist, essayist, short story writer, journalist and philosopher. We are republishing this antiquarian book now in a modern, affordable edition complete with a new prefatory biography of the author.Product Description:
Crime and Punishment (1866) is the story of a murder committed on principle, of a killer who wishes by his action to set himself outside and above society. A novel of great physical and psychological tension, pervaded by Dostoevsky's sinister evocation of St Petersburg, it also has moments of wild humour. Dostoevsky's own harrowing experiences mark the novel. He had himself undergone interrogation and trial, and was condemned to death, a sentence commuted at the last moment to penal servitude. In prison he was particularly impressed by one hardened murderer who seemed to have attained a spiritual equilibrium beyond good and evil: yet witnessing the misery of other convicts also engendered in Dostoevsky a belief in the Christian idea of salvation through suffering.
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