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Crime and Punishment

 

 

Crime and Punishment

by  F.M. Dostoevsky

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Year 2000
ISBN No. 9781840224306
No.of pages 528
Subject Fiction, Classic
Reviews 1

 

 

With Selected excerpts from "The Notebooks for Crime and Punishment". Introduction and Notes by Dr Keith Carabine, University of Kent at Canterbury. "Crime and Punishment" is one of the greatest and most readable novels ever written. From the beginning we are locked into the frenzied consciousness of Raskolnikov who, against his better instincts, is inexorably drawn to commit a brutal double murder. From that moment on, we share his conflicting feelings of self-loathing and pride, of contempt for and need of others, and of terrible despair and hope of redemption: and, in a remarkable transformation of the detective novel, we follow his agonised efforts to probe and confront both his own motives for, and the consequences of, his crime.The result is a tragic novel built out of a series of supremely dramatic scenes that illuminate the eternal conflicts at the heart of human existence: most especially our desire for self-expression and self-fulfilment, as against the constraints of morality and human laws; and our agonised awareness of the world's harsh injustices and of our own mortality, as against the mysteries of divine justice and immortality.

Runner-up for The BBC Big Read Top 100 2003. Shortlisted for BBC Big Read Top 100 2003.

 

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Eternal classic

Posted by Uma Sheth on 11/05/2012
      

What can I say? This is the third time I am reading it and the emotions aroused are just as intense as when I first read it as a school girl, which was 50+ years ago.


 




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