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Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

One of the supreme materpieces of world literature, "Crime and Punishment" catpulted Dostoyevsky to the forefront of Russian writers and into the ranks of the world's greatest novelists. Written in 1866.

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on 28 September 2010

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about the author DOSTOYEVSKY
Born: 11 November 1821(1821-11-11)
Moscow, Russian Empire
Died: 9 February 1881 (aged 59)
Saint Petersburg, Russian Empire
Occupation: Novelist
Genres: suspense, literary fiction
Notable work(s):
Notes from Underground
Crime and Punishment
The Idiot
The Brothers Karamazov
The Possessed

Fydor Dostoyevsky is considered
by many as one of the greatest authors
second only to William Shakespeare. He has been said to have influenced Ernest Hemingway.
He had a rough life, his mother died when
he was sixteen, his father was murdered by his servants. Dostoyevsky was sent to prison twice. (Once in a Siberian work camp.) His wife soon died of tuberculosis and then his brother. He battled epilepsy and dept as well. In spite of all this though, his pieces are filled with Christian morals. Plot Outline:
Rodya Raskolnikov is a poor student in mid-1800s russia. He is a psychopath who belives he is above everyone else and can murder for the sake of getting what he wants. To gather some money he kills an old pawnbroker lady who he regards as "stupid, ailing, and greedy." After he murders the pawnbroker and her sister he soon feels guilt and stumbles into delirium. With the help of his mother, sister, friends, and a prositute who loves him will he be able to forgive himself?
Why should anyone read this book?
Personally, this was one of the best books I have ever read. While being
a classic book, it felt like I was reading a modern day murder mystery, or
like I was watching Criminal Minds.
While it was gruesome and weird at times, it really lightened up
in some parts. I liked its main theme of forgiveness. A really tough
question is posed in this book. Could you truly forgive someone if they
commited murder? More importantly could you forgive yourself? Short passage from the book:
"...Then he delt her another blow
with the blunt side and on the same spot.
The blood gushed as from an overturned
glass, the body fell back...the brow and the
whole face drawn and contorted conuvulsively."
pg. 63 Credits:
Note from Crime and Punishment.
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