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ملعون دوستوفسكي

3.49  ·  Rating details ·  622 ratings  ·  119 reviews
يثير عتيق رحيمي بنقله نهج رواية “الجريمة والعقاب” لدوستوفسكي إلى النهج الأفغاني، مسألة الأخلاق والجريمة في مجتمع اشتعل بين فكي: الحق بالتسلح، والعدالة القبلية.
إنه عبور عبثي ممزوج بابتسامة مريرة، وهذا ما يدل عليه حقيقة هذا التناقض من خلال “أفغنة” الأسماء، والأجواء الأفغانية، ينقلنا رحيمي من خطوات راسكولنيكوف بطل الجريمة والعقاب ويجعلنا نتماهى بخطوات رسول بطله الأفغاني.
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Paperback, الطبعة الأولى, 238 pages
Published January 1st 2012 by دال للنشر (first published 2011)
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Jim Fonseca
A novel that shows us the absurdity of the continuous fighting in Afghanistan, not only against outside forces (Russia and the USA) but in effect, a civil war among various armed factions. All through the story there is a continuous backdrop of distant and near gunfire and explosions from grenades and rockets destroying the city (Kabul, the capital). “Outside, everyone is shooting, without knowing at whom or what for.”

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The main character, a young man, attended college in Russia, where he read Do
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Katriina ❆
Aug 02, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nope
Somehow goodreads keeps on deleting my review for this one, so I'll keep it short: Don't read this, it's awful. Awfully awful.

Maybe I'll attempt another review some day, but until then, I kindly ask you to not read this book. Especially if you enjoyed C&P alot.
Biblio Curious
The beginning was very gripping and pulls you straight in! The rest of it's a pretty good re-telling of Crime and Punishment. There are some cool quotes and a bit of Middle Eastern philosophy. I wish it went into a bit more depth. But I'm an avid reader of old books, I like the dust factor!

It could be a good intro to Crime and Punishment, if you're intimidated by it. It's also a great book for tip toeing into Middle Eastern lit. There are some grotesque scenes, skipping over them won't hurt your
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Beth Asmaa
Mar 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A book to read in conjunction with Crime and Punishment. Rahimi's novel is set in Afghanistan. At the beginning, the main character Rassoul murders an aged woman, and the story works on his consequent guilt and his atonement, bearing upon Dostoevsky's character Raskolnikov. The plight of women also is significant.
CK Malone
This is a sort of reimagining of Dostoevsky's Crime & Punishment, the connections to that particular story existing in the mind of Rassoul, a 27-year-old Kabul resident, who has just murdered a woman threatening to put his fiance to work in a brothel (having already taken much of her family's fortune), killing her with an axe. While Rassoul dissolves into voicelessness and guilt over his act (which may in part be driven by his education in the USSR after his Communist-leaning father, where M ...more
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Rassoul is a young Afghan man who lives in war torn Kabul and has spent a brief time studying in Russia. He has read Crime and Punishment and deeply identifies with its protagonist. When he commits a crime, he is haunted by guilt, although no one else seems to care because the women he killed was a madam and considered of little worth. There is also the problem that a body can’t be found and there are no witnesses. The harsh reality is that with so much killing going on, one more death goes unno ...more
Lianne
I was approved of an ARC copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review. This review in its entirety was originally posted at caffeinatedlife.net: http://www.caffeinatedlife.net/blog/2...

A Curse on Dostoevsky is a very curious novel, sort of straddling between waking and dreaming. The novel is very internal and reminiscent of Dostoevsky’s infamous Crime and Punishment; the main character, Rassoul, from the very first page finds himself walking in Raskolnikov’s (notice that their names are s
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Bjorn
Apr 22, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: france, afghanistan
Dostoevsky fan living in wartime Kabul kills nasty old woman, becomes convinced that he's Raskolnikov and spends the book trying to work through his guilt and get arrested - but who'll arrest someone for doing something as inconsequential as murder, and of an unwed woman at that? Are you sure we shouldn't give him a medal instead, or at least declare him a martyr? How does the old Karamazov nonsense of "if God doesn't exist, everything is permitted" hold up in a society where everything is permi ...more
Rowan Tepper
Apr 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brilliant is the only word that can begin to describe this novel. Atiq Rahimi has achieved a remarkable feat with A Curse on Dostoevsky: he as retold Crime and Punishment in such a manner as to equal the original. Dostoevsky, Kafka and Blanchot walk into a bar in 1990s Kabul; this masterful work of prose is the result of their collaboration. I now plan to read everything Rahimi has written either available in English or that he wrote in French.

I could not recommend a contemporary novel more hig
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Joanne
Mar 31, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Translations always seem to lose something and this has come over from the French. Nonetheless, it's an interesting build on Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment, set in current day Afganistan. It builds because it takes the premise, emotions and phychology of C&P into a more understandable reality and moves it beyond the somewhat dark and arcane Russia of the original. And so, I liked reading it...once. Would not recommend it except to those who want the intellectual muscle flex.
Kim
Sep 16, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although this book references Crime & Punishment to discuss motivations and consequences, the aimlessness of the writing style and the pointlessness of the protagonist's actions feels more like The Stranger. The fact that a native makes Afghanistan seem permeated with Dostoevsky and Camus ideology might change your perspective on the country.
Bryn Hammond
Not necessarily for the Dostoevsky fan; more in the ranks of the absurdist or existentialist novelists.
I thought it strengthened greatly in the second half (when the above became clear to me).
Read it if it interests you.
Hena
Nov 11, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: have-in-chicago
Quite depressing but a good read.
Brian
Sep 11, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A more complex narrative than his other novels, but somewhat handicapped by the protagonist's silence. A solid read and sheds some light on life in Kabul.
MahdiYeh
Aug 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Such an unbelievable journey through someone's eyes whom we are sure is lost from the beginning but can not resist to follow his path and trails since he's the only one who knows in a world which doesn't know anymore ... Recommended for sure
Isabelle | BookwyrmBites
Um, nope. Macbeth-esque delusions, transparent ploys, dense and hard to follow. Not very well-written, and there didn't really seem to be a direction. The insights didn't seem genuinely thoughtful, and there just wasn't really anything I particularly liked about this book.
Amy
Sep 17, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting retelling of Crime and Punishment.
Carole Quentin
Sep 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A really interesting portrait of Afghanistan. The writing is weak in spots, but that's more than made up for by the amazing story.
Yana
Nov 06, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
2.5

As something of a Dostoevsky maniac-in-training, it was the title that attracted me to this interesting novel from Afghan author Atiq Rahimi. It's an inverted, almost farcical exploration of politics, war, religion and culpability, in conversation with Crime and Punishment.

I started out with big hopes for this book. The writing was decent, with genuinely poetic passages and consistent style. There were some great sections, like the story about the donkey, Rassoul being brought to Parwaiz, th
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Farhan Khalid
Life, like writing, is nothing more than the repetition of a sentence stolen from another ― Frederic Boyer

Dostoevsky destroyed me with his Crime and Punishment

Blood on my hands, but nothing in my pockets. What madness!

A curse on Dostoevsky!

Betrayal is worse than murder

The mountain divides the city of Kabul geographically, politically, and morally, in both its dreams and its nightmares

The sun, going to sleep? What an absurd metaphor!

The sun never goes to sleep. It travels to the other side of the
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Diogenes
Jan 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“Nothing is worse than no longer belonging to your own world.”

This was my first Rahimi book and I must say it was engrossing. While professional book critics seemed to view this novel as an almost-failure (feel free to Google away) throwing terms like “Nietzschean”-this and “Kafkaesque”-that around like dead cats, I’ll happily disagree with their overall bland assessments. I read “Crime and Punishment” decades ago during my riotous undergrad years where postmodern art history and classic Russian
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Chris Chester
Mar 13, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: prose
What if Crime and Punishment was set in Kabul in the 1990s instead of Saint Petersburg in the 1860s?

That is, more or less, the conceit behind A Curse On Dostoevsky. Take Raskolnikov, with his ideas about utilitarianism and nihilism from pre-revolutionary Russian and plop him instead into the amoral chaos of modern Afghanistan. That's your main character Rassoul.

Of course, Rassoul has himself read Crime and Punishment in the story, and his own murder was in a lot of ways inspired by the fictional
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Lauren Hopkins
A man kills the woman who's been prostituting the love of his life, only as the axe is coming down, he thinks of Dostoevsky's "Crime and Punishment." He spends the rest of the novel in a moral turmoil, more of a punishment than anything else he could have received. But he wants imprisonment - only in Afghanistan, the world is so entrenched in chaos, no one cares that he killed a madam. There are no laws, and what's the big deal if one woman is killed when people are being shot and bombed to deat ...more
Keval
Jan 17, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found this book to be at once tragic and darkly funny. You have a protagonist who's in a moral bind because he's killed a woman who's been prostituting his fiance. But this is Afghanistan in the thick of a civil war, so who cares if he's killed a woman, especially since people are dropping like flies from random bombs and rockets? Yet, the protagonist seeks punishment, not realising that he's already punishing himself better than anyone else can. Towards the end, however, he gets the trial he ...more
Rob Forteath
Very interesting theme for a book, the idea that Raskolnikov's ability to take responsibility for his crime was made possible because society took crime seriously. In this book, Rassoul commits the same crime as Raskolnikov, feels the same self-torture due to guilt, and arrives at the same conclusion. But he lives in a society in which crime is ignored. Punishment is still dished out by the authorities, but in an arbitrary manner, for invented crimes.

The novel is solid until the final few scenes
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Lauren Wiseman
Jun 19, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
Actual Rating: 3.5

I found this book at the Strand bookstore in NYC, and I saw Dostoyevsky, and a $1 price tag. That was all it took to persuade me.

Rahimi has concocted a fascinatin pastiche of one of my favorite books ever. Rather than a Russian, Christian framework, the author offers a, Afghan, Muslim system to deliver a similar story of sin and morality.

It was a clever book. I enjoyed finding similarities and parallels between Rahimi and Dostoyevsky. It was an enlightening story, and very wel
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Helie
Jan 02, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was in love with the concept: a man inspired by Crime and Punishment kills an old woman, but in dealing with the fallout comes to realize that in war-torn Afghanistan, no one really cares about his crime.

I enjoyed the view into the culture as well as the thoughts on life in a warzone. But the book doesn't quite deliver on its premise. The ending is muddled and abrupt. The themes feel half-baked. And the concept borrows too much from Dostoevsky without adequately lampshading the lack of creativ
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Diane
Jun 02, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I suppose, if you're reading or have read Crime and Punishment, this might be an interesting cultural exploration. For me, the original was enough. This is an annoying rip-off of story, character, theme, etc., even thought the author has tried to give it meaning by retelling the tale in post-communist Afghani culture and trying to disguise the plagiarism through a character driven to relive the tale of Raskolnikov. Blech.
Monica Tilley
Feb 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rassoul commits a murder like that in "Crime and Punishment", but modern Afghanistan is even more mad than Rassoul. As he experiences angst about his act he discovers that local authorities care more about whether a man is a communist than if he killed a madam.
A Reader
Jul 19, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novel
"You can kill, rape, steal .... the important thing is not to betray. Not to betray Allah, your clan, your country, your friend. "
In war-torn Kabul, a Dostoevsky reader finds himself in Raskolnikov position and suffers similar torments.
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عتيق رحيمي

Atiq Rahimi est un romancier et réalisateur de double nationalité française et afghane, réfugié de la guerre d'Afghanistan.

Atiq Rahimi is a writer and director of French and Afghan multiple citizenship, refugee from the war in Afghanistan.

“Tu sais, père, la douleur, soit elle arrive à fondre et à s'écouler par les yeux, soit elle devient tranchante comme une lame et jaillit de la bouche, soit elle se transforme en bombe à l'intérieur, une bombe qui explose un beau jour et qui te fait exploser.” 5 likes
“لا أريد مغادرة هذا العالم دون أن أقول شيئًا، دون أن يكون لدي الكلمة الأخيرة” 2 likes
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