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The book Crime & Punishment is a novel by renowned Russian author Fyodor Dostoevsky. It was first published in 1866 in the literary journal The Russian Messenger. The novel follows the story of poor ex-student Rodion Raskolnikov who decides to murder an elderly pawnbroker for her money, and his struggles to come to terms with his actions.
Although this novel was written over 150 years ago, it is not written in the complicated-to-understand style of the nineteenth century. On the contrary, it is an easy-to-read novel with excellent diction and flow. One cannot help but be sucked in by the orderly maelstrom of words.
The manner in which Dostoevsky portrays the psychological struggles of Raskolnikov following his murder of the old lady is breathtaking. From the detailed narrative of the inner monologue in Raskolnikov’s head to the description of the most minute facial contortion, Dostoevsky manages to make the reader sympathize with Raskolnikov and feel what he is going through.
Moreover, the realism of the setting and the characters is alluring. Dostoevsky manages to depict life in 19th century St-Petersburg very authentically, which adds enormously to the credibility of the whole situation.
On the whole, it is an excellent novel. If you are looking for something to read, I wholeheartedly recommend Dostoevsky’s Crime & Punishment.
Originally Published in Bandersnatch Vol.49 Issue 10 on February 26th, 2020