The Originals: Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoevsky
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Rage, hate, love, friendship are in a duel. A drunkard is telling a captivating story about dead people facing their creator. Other amazing narrations and speeches follow. The story: He developes a strange philosophy that it is okay to kill a bad person. He does it and gets away with it. But the guilt is inflicting his soul. ---... Rage, hate, love, friendship are in a duel. A drunkard is telling a captivating story about dead people facing their creator. Other amazing narrations and speeches follow. The story: He developes a strange philosophy that it is okay to kill a bad person. He does it and gets away with it. But the guilt is inflicting his soul. -----Don't expect an easy time when you start, the beginning is tough because you have to get used to his style. After that you float through it.
Crime and Punishment
A mysterious crime is being plotted in a tiny garret above a dilapidated apartment building in St Petersburg in Russia. The plotter, Rodion Raskolinikov, is a poor student who has delusions of ridding the world of "worthless vermin" and counter balancing these crimes with good deeds. He commits a murder to test his own theories and prove that crime comes naturally to the human species.
Crime and Punishment is a path-breaking novel of ideas that changed the course of novel writing in the 20th century. The intense insights into the workings of the human mind had seldom been attempted by any writer anywhere in the world till then. The author, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, was the son of a hardworking but indigent doctor in Moscow. He was educated in boarding schools and later at a military academy from which he graduated as a military engineer. However, his heart was set on becoming a writer and he left the army to pursue a life devoted to writing. He was also deeply involved in the politics of the time and was sentenced to four years in a prison camp in Siberia for being part of an anarchist group.
In Siberia, he underwent an ideological change and reverted to traditional/conservative ideas. Crime and Punishment was published in serial form in a literary journal in 1866 after he returned from Siberia. His father's sudden and brutal killing by serfs on their own estate probably provided the trigger for the ideas expressed in the book. His father was an authoritarian despot, while his mother was a weak and fearful person and many of Dostoyevsky's novels contain images that portray these contradictions.
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