Crime and Punishment is a psychological crime novel written by Fyodor Dostoevsky and published in 1866, becoming one of the great classics of Russian literature and one of the most important works of world literature. It is Dostoyevsky's best-known work and it is one of the first successes of psychological realism.
With a philosophical style, we enter into the mind of Raskolnikov, who out of hatred murders an old moneylender. Raskolnikov's thoughts and motivations form the main theme of the novel.
He considers that he is destined to do great deeds and even kills for it. Apparently, Raskolnikov is a normal person in front of other people: he is generous, familiar and a nice person.
However, the crime committed begins to torment his conscience, leading to frequent nightmares and increasing fear of being caught by the police... After a lengthy moral debate, Raskolnikov finally asks God and humanity to forgive him, confesses to the police, and is sentenced to prison in Siberia.
The novel was already a success in its time and has been taken to other media such as cinema or theater.
This digital edition of the book Crime and Punishment is based on Constance Garnett's translation
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But all at once, in that same moment, she understood everything. Infinite happiness lit up in her eyes; she understood, and for her there was no longer any doubt that he loved her, loved her infinitely, and that at last the moment had come. . . .
Pain and suffering are always inevitable for a large intelligence and a deep heart. The really great men must, I think, have great sadness on earth.
Human nature is not taken into account, it is excluded, it’s not supposed to exist! … They believe that a social system that has come out of some mathematical brain is going to organise all humanity at once and make it just and sinless in an instant, quicker than any living process! … The living soul demands life; the soul won’t obey the rules of mechanics.