Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Crime and Punishment

By Fyodor Dostoyevsky

  • Release Date: 2011-01-20
  • Genre: Classics
4 Score: 4 (From 145 Ratings)


Crime and Punishment focuses on the mental anguish and moral dilemmas of Rodion Romanovich Raskolnikov, an impoverished ex-student in St. Petersburg who formulates and executes a plan to kill an unscrupulous pawnbroker for her money. Raskolnikov argues that with the pawnbroker's money he can perform good deeds to counterbalance the crime, while ridding the world of a worthless parasite. He also commits this murder to test his own hypothesis that some people are naturally capable of, and even have the right to, do such things. Several times throughout the novel, Raskolnikov justifies his actions by connecting himself mentally with Napoleon Bonaparte, believing that murder is permissible in pursuit of a higher purpose, only to find out he "... is not a Napoleon."


  • Crime and Punishment

    By Papaof9
    Loved the redeeming quality of the story.
  • Great

    By matthew gallo
    It's a great book. Everyone should read it once
  • Read it

    By Axisofinfinity
    Read it!
  • Wonderful

    By blabby17
    Such a deep book with so many motifs... A truly beautiful novel.