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Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Crime and Punishment

Fyodor Dostoyevsky - Author
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Audiobook: Audio CD | 128 x 127mm | 72 minutes | ISBN 9780141804507 | 30 Jan 2003 | Penguin Audio
Crime and Punishment
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A dark and compelling study of a young intellectual tempted towards crime through severe penury.

Raskolnikov, a former student who is morbidly self-obsessed, murders an old woman money-lender with a borrowed hatchet in a desperate attempt to rid himself of poverty. From the opening pages Dostoyevsky attaches us unflinchingly to his intense and mysterious anti-hero, creating a web of intimacy and tension which is increasingly claustrophobic. Crime and guilt - its traumatic and inevitable successor - are the central themes running through the novel and the notions of 'justifiable' murder and worldly retribution are depicted with a deft and razor-sharp precision.

Crime and Punishment both haunts and disturbs, yet, as the critic John Jones wrote, it is 'the most accessible and exciting novel in the world'.

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