castorp70, January 21, 2011 (view all comments by castorp70)
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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Michelle Wilczewski, March 22, 2010 (view all comments by Michelle Wilczewski)
"Crime & Punishment" is one of my favorite classics. I'm reading it now for the fourth time. Part psychological thriller, part forensic novel with character study thrown in for good measure. We follow the story of Rodyon Raskolnikov as he contemplates, plans, commits and regrets the murder of an old pawnbroker. Engaging and intriguing for it's look into Russian life as well.
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One of the great classics of world literature, Dostoyevsky's Crime and Punishment is the story of Raskolnikov, a young man who — unable to complete his studies — commits what he calls "justifiable murder." What ensues is as demanding and illuminating for the reader as it is for the main character. If you're familiar with Dante's Divine Comedy then reading this book is an even more enriching experience.
This is one of the finest explorations of criminal psychology ever written. With enormous scope, Dostoyevsky dissects poverty, rationalization, the criminal mind, guilt, confession, religion, and redemption. He also provides an exquisite look at overwhelming paranoia. Crime and Punishment is a perfect, breathtaking masterpiece.
This text is a revised edition of Dostoyevsky's classic tale. Rasholnikov, a destitute and desperate former student, wanders through the slums of St Petersburg and commits a random murder without remorse or regret. As he embarks on a dangerous cat and mouse game, he is pursued by his conscience.
Raskolnikov, a destitute and desperate former student, commits a random murder without remorse or regret, imagining himself to be a great man far above moral law. But as he embarks on a dangerous cat-and-mouse game with a suspicious police investigator, his own conscience begins to torment him and he seeks sympathy and redemption from Sonya, a downtrodden prostitute.
Translated with an Introduction and Notes by David McDuff
Includes bibliographical references (p. [xxiii]-xxiv).
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