Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky

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by Fyodor Dostoevsky

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 the mind of Raskolnikov, who murders an old moneylender out of hatred. 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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About Fyodor Dostoevsky

Russian novelist, philosopher, short story writer, essayist, and journalist.

In his work, he explored human psychology in the troubled pol...

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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.


I did not bow down to you, I bowed down to all the suffering of humanity.


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. . . .

- Raskolnikov


I’ve so much to do of my own business and other people’s. Ah, Rodion Romanovitch,’ he added suddenly, ‘what all men need is fresh air, fresh air … more than anything!


To go wrong in one's own way is better than to go right in someone else's.

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