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Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
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Crime and Punishment (1866)

by Fyodor Dostoevsky

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    The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoevsky (PrincessPaulina, zasmine)
    PrincessPaulina: "The Idiot" is overlooked compared to Dostoevsky's other work, but in my opinion it's the most engaging. Deals with upper crust society in pre-revolutionary Russia
    zasmine: For more of his social dissection
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    Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy (Booksloth)
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    The Trial by Franz Kafka (SanctiSpiritus, Kantar)
  4. 163
    The Stranger by Albert Camus (chrisharpe, DLSmithies)
    DLSmithies: A compare-and-contrast exercise - Raskolnikov is all nervous energy and hypertension, whereas Meursault is detatched, calm, and won't pretend to feel remorse. Two masterpieces.
  5. 93
    Notes from Underground by Fyodor Dostoevsky (SanctiSpiritus, Kantar)
  6. 50
    The Man Without Qualities, Volume 1: A Sort of Introduction, and Pseudo Reality Prevails by Robert Musil (ateolf)
  7. 51
    The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga (infiniteletters)
  8. 41
    Hunger by Knut Hamsun (ateolf)
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    The Lost Highway by David Adams Richards (figsfromthistle)
    figsfromthistle: Both novels show the unravelling of the human conscience and the lengths the main protagonists go to convince themselves that their crime was necessary.
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    Herzog by Saul Bellow (SanctiSpiritus)
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    The Tell-Tale Heart and Other Writings [Bantam Classics] by Edgar Allan Poe (GCPLreader)
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    Perfume: The Story of a Murderer by Patrick Süskind (klerulo)
    klerulo: Both these works attempt to get inside the head of singularly amoral sociopathic murderers.
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alguien ya hizo serie el delirio de Rodia en la cárcel? la llevaría. ( )
  tcanaleso | Apr 14, 2019 |
This book gripped me from beginning to end. While written off by some as melodramatic and emotional, I found Dostoyevsky's portrayal of his character's inner struggles to be real & enthralling. Raskolnikov is probably one of the best "nonsympathetic" characters ever because even so I still felt for him! Honourable mention to Svidrigailov who absolutely fascinated me throughout the story. The brief descriptions of the penal colony in the epilogue made me interested in reading more about Dostoyevsky's own experiences there (in Notes from a Dead House). I also read The Brothers K this year, which I felt had a much more satisfying arc, emotional climax, and ending on the whole. Still, C&P was a great read and I'm ready for more! ( )
  jakebornheimer | Mar 27, 2019 |
Por un tiempo tuve un problema con Dostoievski. Muchos críticos y escritores han dicho que este hombre es el más grande conocedor del alma humana de todos los tiempos, que un puñado de sus novelas podrían considerarse de las mejores piezas narrativas del canon occidental. Pero empecé con él con el pie izquierdo: era muy joven y leí [b:El jugador|38109134|El jugador|Fyodor Dostoyevsky|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1516471575s/38109134.jpg|4356972], pero no le encontré lo grandioso a la prosa de este hombre atormentado.

En fin, el año pasado descubrí la literatura rusa y comencé a leer todo lo que caía en mis manos. Además, entré a un curso de ruso en la universidad. La profesora (rusa nativa) me pidió que expusiera en clase sobre Dostoievski, y yo accedí. Pero sabía que para poder hablar de él, tenía que leer su obra cumbre (o al menos eso me hice pensar en ese momento). Comencé a leer "Crimen y castigo" hace cinco meses, y apenas hoy la termino, satisfecho y con lágrimas en los ojos. Nunca pensé que ese autor al que yo llegué a ningunear en mi juventud me haría sentir tan extraordinariamente humano y vulnerable como lo hizo esta novela.

Entiendo por qué se piensa en Dostoievski como el más grande conocedor del alma humana: todos sus personajes están marcados por la angustia existencial de vivir y de sufrir, de ver morir a la gente que se ama y de hacer daño sin querer al prójimo. Todos viven bajo la marca de un pecado original que los consume o los redime. Toda la novela está atravesada por ese conflicto, el de no hallar un lugar en un universo sin dios y con el pulso de un alma volátil como única regla verdadera.

En fin, toda esta palabrería es insuficiente para expresar lo mucho que me gustó esta novela. No puedo recomendar más su lectura (preferentemente, su lectura íntegra, pues existen muchas ediciones recortadas). Yo mismo me sorprendí de lo sencillo que es leer a Dostoievski, es un escritor con ideas geniales expresadas en un estilo muy sencillo, todas las historias se hilan de una forma tan magistral que es difícil perderse si uno pone atención. Al menos yo sentí que las más de novecientas páginas que la componen me resultaron mucho más ligeras que algunas novelas contemporáneas. ( )
  LeoOrozco | Feb 26, 2019 |
Raskolnikov, a former student now living a destitute life in St. Petersburg, forms a theory of the chosen, genius few, who should be considered above the law for all the good they could do in the world. He fancies himself one of these chosen and decides to test his theory by killing an old hag, to whom he has gone before to pawn various items. The rest of the novel is a study in the psychological effects of his actions and the way his behaviour affects his friends and family.
I admit that I went into this one not expecting to enjoy it much - I assumed it would be a bit of a slog. But, happily, I was absolutely wrong; this is a riveting read that kept me on the edge of my chair. The characters are so vividly created, and I'm impressed with how Dostoyevsky can make Raskolnikov both abohorrent and yet make me constantly worried that he'll get caught. ( )
  scaifea | Feb 24, 2019 |
It was bitter cold last night. The trip from work to the kitchen was uneventful enough. I prepared soup and awaited my wife. After dinner, I placed Sonny Rollins' 9/11 Concert on the stereo and sat down with the last 52 pages of Crime and Punishment. the greatest testament I can afford the novel conclusion is that for 25 minutes I didn't hear any jazz, only Dostoevsky's denouement ( )
  jonfaith | Feb 22, 2019 |
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On an exceptionally hot evening early in July a young man came out of the garret in which he lodged in S. Place and walked slowly, as though in hesitation, towards K. bridge. (Garnett translation)
Toward the end of a sultry afternoon early in July a young man came out of his little room in Stolyarny Lane and turned slowly and somewhat irresolutely in the direction of Kamenny Bridge. (Coulson translation)
On a very hot evening at the beginning of July a young man left his little room at the top of a house in Carpenter Lane, went out into the street, and, as though unable to make up his mind, walked slowly in the direction of Kokushkin Bridge.
At the beginning of July, during an extremely hot spell, towards evening, a young man left the closet he rented from tenants in S____y Lane, walked out to the street, and slowly, as if indecisively, headed for the K______n Bridge. (Pevear and Volokhonsky translation)
In het begin van juli, het was tegen de avond en bijzonder warm, verliet een jongeman het kamertje dat hij aan de S-steeg in onderhuur bewoonde, en begaf zich traag, besluiteloos bijna, in de richting van de K-brug.
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The original Russian title is “Преступление и наказание”.
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Student with an axe:
Napoleon or madman?
Siberian gaol.

(Michael.Rimmer)
Good boy gone bad in

this novel: comic version

removes most drama.

(legallypuzzled)
Young murderer
Meets pious prostitute
No hilarity
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0553211757, Mass Market Paperback)

A desperate young man plans the perfect crime -- the murder of a despicable pawnbroker, an old women no one loves and no one will mourn. Is it not just, he reasons, for a man of genius to commit such a crime, to transgress moral law -- if it will ultimately benefit humanity? So begins one of the greatest novels ever written: a powerful psychological study, a terrifying murder mystery, a fascinating detective thriller infused with philosophical, religious and social commentary. Raskolnikov, an impoverished student living in a garret in the gloomy slums of St. Petersburg, carries out his grotesque scheme and plunges into a hell of persecution, madness and terror. Crime And Punishment takes the reader on a journey into the darkest recesses of the criminal and depraved mind, and exposes the soul of a man possessed by both good and evil ... a man who cannot escape his own conscience.

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Determined to overreach his humanity and assert his untrammeled individual will, Raskolnikov, and impoverished student living in the St. Petersburg of the Tsars, commits an act of murder and theft and sets into motion a story which, for its excruciating suspense, its atmospheric vividness, and its profundity of characterization and vision, is almost unequaled in the literatures of the world.… (more)

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