By Fyodor Dostoyevsky
The years ahead of he wrote Crime and Punishment (1866) were undesirable ones for Dostoyevsky. His spouse and brother had died; the journal he and his brother had all started, Epoch, collapsed below its load of debt; and he used to be threatened with debtor's felony. With an develop that he controlled to wangle for an unwritten novel, he fled to Wiesbaden, hoping to win adequate on the roulette desk to get himself out of debt. as a substitute, he misplaced all his cash; he needed to pawn his outfits and beg acquaintances for loans to pay his lodge invoice and come back to Russia. one among his begging letters went to editor, inquiring for an enhance on one more unwritten novel — which he defined as Crime and Punishment.
One of the ultimate masterpieces of worldwide literature, Crime and Punishment catapulted Dostoyevsky to the leading edge of Russian writers and into the ranks of the world's maximum novelists. Drawing upon reviews from his personal criminal days, the writer recounts in feverish, compelling tones the tale of Raskolnikov, an impoverished scholar plagued by his personal nihilism, and the fight among sturdy and evil. Believing that he's above the legislation, and confident that humanitarian ends justify vile potential, he brutally murders an previous girl — a pawnbroker whom he regards as "stupid, sick, greedy…good for nothing." crushed afterwards by way of emotions of guilt and terror, Raskolnikov confesses to the crime and is going to criminal. There he realizes that happiness and redemption can merely be completed via discomfort. Infused with forceful non secular, social, and philosophical parts, the unconventional used to be a right away good fortune. This awesome, unforgettable paintings is reprinted right here within the authoritative Constance Garnett translation.
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