Crime and Punishment focuses on the mental anguish and moral dilemmas of Rodion Romanovich Raskolnikov, an impoverished ex-student in St. Petersburg who formulates and executes a plan to kill an unscrupulous pawnbroker for her money. Raskolnikov argues that with the pawnbroker's money he can perform good deeds to counterbalance the crime, while ridding the world of a worthless parasite. He also commits this murder to test his own hypothesis that some people are naturally capable of, and even have the right to, do such things. Several times throughout the novel, Raskolnikov justifies his actions by connecting himself mentally with Napoleon Bonaparte, believing that murder is permissible in pursuit of a higher purpose, only to find out he "... is not a Napoleon."
An acclaimed new translation of the classic Russian novel.
Crime and punishment
Relentless, brilliant misery. Mind twisting, nerve wrecking and difficult to understand how the author could write this without suffering some sort of breakdown. Definitely not to be enjoyed as much as admired.
Doestovsky was a genius.
His disregard for logic and theory all misrepresented by dreams or senseless delirium is simply fascinating.
It makes for even a better read when you have a, somewhat, guilty conscience about, well, anything ;)