Crime and Punishment, Paperback
3 out of 5 (2 ratings)


Crime and Punishment 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 fearful tension, physical, and psychological, it is pervaded by Dostoevsky's sinister evocation of St Petersburg, yet in the life of its gloomy tenements and drink-shops provides moments of wild humour.

Crime and Punishment was marked by Dostoevsky's own harrowing experiences.

He had himself undergone interrogation and trial, and was condemned to death, a sentence commuted 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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  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 576 pages, 1 map
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
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  • Category: Classic fiction (pre c 1945)
  • ISBN: 9780199536368



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I have already stated in a previous review that I love Dostoevsky, so keep that in mind. This novel, although though provoking and philosophically sound, is at times in desperate need of an editor.It seems like the more verbose version of Poe's Telltale Heart.

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Interesting, but at times, I found myself bored. Not that the book overall was bad... in fact... looking back on it I think it was an enjoyable read. But I know that several times in the book it felt as though I would never finish because the characters can be so long-winded, even in their minds. I think this will be a book that upon second read, I enjoy completely, but for now I was just happy to finally come to it's end.

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