Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky

Crime and Punishment plunges head first into the feverish mental chatter of Raskolnikov. An intelligent, isolated and penniless student in St Petersburg, he envisions himself as a Napoleonic figure---above the conventional morality of society---and is thus able to justify cold-blooded murder on intellectual grounds. The contemplation of murder is clear, and while the act is rehearsed in meticulous detail, the motive is left vague and arbitrary. What follows is a crime, committed in an utterly matter-of-fact manner, and the events that follow. However, his sense of pride is quickly negated as his guilt spirals into self-contempt and delirium.

Does orchestrated violence leave room for salvation?

Dostoyevsky tells a gripping tale, weaving a range of characters from the slum-ridden squalor of Russia in the nineteenth century. Above all, he emphatically proves that action and consequence cannot be separated, and good and bad are never mutually exclusive.

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