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Crime and Punishment (Penguin Classics) by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Crime and Punishment (Penguin Classics)

castorp70, January 21, 2011

It first seems bizarre that the finest Murder Mystery in literature would betray the Whodunit so early--but that--at least in itself--wasn't Dostoevsky's objective. A literal translation of the Russian reveals 'Transgression and Retribution,' and it is here that the proto- (also PRE-Nietzchean) Ubermensch idea takes shape, within the tortured psyches of Rodyon Romanovitch Raskolnikov & Svidrigilov. I defy any first-time reader to put this one down once he or she has commenced its reading!!! Dostoevsky wrote this page-turner in record time; indeed we often wonder how much he invented spontaneously! I reread it at least annually & and have done for 21 years.
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