Crime and Punishment
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"One death, in exchange for thousands of lives - it's simple arithmetic!" A new translation of Dostoevsky's epic masterpiece, Crime and Punishment (1866). The impoverished student Raskolnikov decides to free himself from debt by killing an old moneylender, an act he sees as elevating himself above conventional morality. Like Napoleon he will assert his will and his crime will be justified by its elimination of "vermin" for the sake of the greater good. But Raskolnikov is torn apart by fear, guilt, and a growing conscience under the influence of his love for Sonya. Meanwhile the police detective Porfiry is on his trail. It is a powerfully psychological novel, in which the St Petersburg setting, Dostoevsky's own circumstances, and contemporary social problems all play their part.
Oxford University Press
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"The cornerstone to understanding Dostoevsky’s philosophy. Probably the most accesible of his works and the concept of internal judgement and morality plays out in similar ways in his other novels. For readers just starting with him this is the place. However, I think it can also be enjoyed even if you read his other more complicated pieces first. #classics #dostoevsky "
"Awesome book.I love the story"
"I love this book and it has a very good story"
"You really get inside the mind of Raskolnikov"