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4.23  ·  Rating details ·  708,965 ratings  ·  23,392 reviews
Raskolnikov, an impoverished student living in the St. Petersburg of the tsars, is determined to overreach his humanity and assert his untrammeled individual will. When he commits an act of murder and theft, he sets into motion a story that, for its excruciating suspense, its atmospheric vividness, and its depth of characterization and vision is almost unequaled in the lit ...more
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Published March 10th 2013 by Waxkeep Publishing (first published 1866)
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Maryana Hello, I wouldn't say so, actually I think it's one of Dostoevsky's "lightest" novels and a good starting point for exploring this writer's works and …moreHello, I wouldn't say so, actually I think it's one of Dostoevsky's "lightest" novels and a good starting point for exploring this writer's works and Russian literature in general. If you like psychological novels, you would certainly enjoy this one! At least it's worth a try(less)
Robert Sheppard Raskolnikov or Rodia is an incredibly complex character. He faces inner turmoil that manifests itself into the world and people around him. I won't go…moreRaskolnikov or Rodia is an incredibly complex character. He faces inner turmoil that manifests itself into the world and people around him. I won't go in depth about the philosophy of his thinking because many people have already answered that. My advice is to read slow and concentrate. Don't give up. If you find yourself getting too lost try re-reading or just continue on. Many times when I found myself confused in this novel, Dostoevsky would write something that cleared it all up further in the book. Sonya is the love interest of Raskolnikov. I won't spoil the book, but she becomes an essential character in resolving Rodia's inner conflict. Dunya is engaged to Pyotr Petrovich Luzhin. Luzhin is a man who thrives off the misfortune of others. However, instead of relishing in the suffering, he gets off on helping those in need, so they see him as a savior and feel as if they owe him their lives. Luzhin plans to take advantage of this fact when he realizes the situation Dunya is in with her family. Rodia, an intelligent man, can see this from the very beginning and hopes to falter the marriage as best he can. It also doesn't help that it is obvious she is marrying him simply for the benefit of her mother and brother. I hope this helps!(less)
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Sep 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Shelves: favorites, russia, crime
To go wrong in one's own way is better then to go right in someone else's.

I have been giving a lot of thought to this novel lately. Despite the three years* that have gone by since reading Crime and Punishment—three years in which I’ve read some outstanding literature, joined Goodreads and written just over 100 reviews of the books I’ve journeyed through—Dostoevsky’s novel still resides on it’s throne as my personal favorite novel. No other web of words, brushstrokes or music melody has ever s
Jim Fonseca
What can I add to 7000+ reviews (at the time I write)? I think this book is fascinating because of all the topic it covers. Like the OJ trial, it is about many important interconnected things and those things remain important today, even though this book was originally published in 1865.

Sure, it has a lot about crime and punishment. But also insanity and temporary insanity, the latter a legal plea that could be entered in Russia of the mid-1800's. It's about guilt and conscience, long before Fre
There was a time in my life when I couldn’t get enough of reading Dostoevsky. Maybe because his books made me think so deeply about being human and how we choose to live our lives. I began with Crime and Punishment, probably the work he is best known for.

What I remember is being fascinated by Dostoevsky’s brilliant understanding of human nature. I remember thinking what a deep study this book was; an incredible examination of a man who commits murder and how he is “punished” for it.

I remember
Dec 28, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classic-novels
“Trying to untie the string and going to the window, to the light (all her windows were closed, despite the stuffiness), she left him completely for a few seconds and turned her back to him. He unbuttoned his coat and freed the axe from the loop but did not quite take it out yet; he just held it in his right hand under the coat. His hands were terribly weak; he felt them growing more and more numb and stiff every moment. He was afraid he would let go and drop the axe…suddenly his head seemed to ...more
Emily May
Mar 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've come to the conclusion that Russian door-stoppers might just be where it's at. "It" here meaning general awesomeness that combines history, philosophy and readability to make books that are both thought-provoking and enjoyable.

Up until this point, Tolstoy had basically taught me everything I knew about nineteenth century Russian society and its people. By that, I mean that everything I knew was about the drama and scandals of the Russian aristocracy. The difference here is that Dostoyevsky
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6.0 Stars. One of my All Time Favorite novels. In addition to being one of the first works of Classic Literature that I suggest when asked for recommendations from others, this story holds a special place in my heart as it was the story, along with Moby Dick, that began my love of the “classics” for which I will always be grateful. So often we are forced to read the great works of literature for school or at times not of our choosing and I think it tends to lead to a lifelong aversion to the
Paul Bryant
Apr 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels, russian-lit
Well, what’s a global pandemic for if you don’t read the stuff you think you really ought to have read by now. Although I hope this strange circumstance will not result in me referring to Fyodor Dostoyevsky as The Corona Guy.

Those yet to read this towering inferno of literature may wish to know what’s in the nearly 700 pages, so here is a scientific analysis :


Long conversations between people who could talk the hind legs off a donkey: .....................53%
Oct 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you’ve ever committed an unjust act, as Raskolnikov does, you know now it would have been better right at the outset to confess your injustice and seek the absolution of clemency.

For if you neglected to come clean you were probably racked with ruin within, and “delivered to the bondsman” of tortuous guilt. It happened to Raskolnikov, and it happened to me.

Each one of us is a Raskolnikov, you know.

No, not like you’re thinking - not a shabbily-dressed, impoverished murderer. But we all share hi
Ahmad Sharabiani
(Book 867 from 1001 Books) - Преступление и наказание = Prestupleniye i nakazaniye = Crime and Punishment, Fyodor Dostoevsky

Crime and Punishment is a novel by the Russian author Fyodor Dostoevsky.

It was first published in the literary journal The Russian Messenger in twelve monthly installments during 1866.

It is the second of Dostoevsky's full-length novels following his return from 5 years of exile in Siberia.

Rodion Romanovich Raskolnikov, a former law student, lives in extreme poverty in a t
What a sensational reading experience, what an unconditional surrender to an atmosphere of fear, anxiety and confusion - and to an epic battle of wills!

Rarely these days do I read with that kind of hopeless, helpless feeling of being completely, utterly lost in the imaginary world. From the first moment, when Raskolnikov steps out on the street and begins wandering around in Petersburg, to the very last pages, I live with the characters, I am part of the story, I have my own opinions, and argu
Jun 17, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh, Fyodor.

Who else could keep me up and awake night after night, even though I promise myself every morning to go to bed at a decent hour?

Who else can create such authentic human emotions that I feel I'm experiencing all of them myself?

Who else would make me subject my kids to dinners of grilled cheese sandwiches, scrambled eggs, or frozen waffles just to spend more time with you?

There is no one else. Only you.
Feb 21, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I basically had to stop drinking for a month in order to read it; my friends no longer call. But it's great. ...more
I have few Dostoevsky fans in my friends list so my opinions here might not go over so well. I have been wanting to read this classic for a while and I had high expectations, but they were not met. I liked it okay but I found it to be a bit slow and drawn out. Ultimately not a whole lot happens in the story, but it takes 500 pages to get there. In fact, there are probably as many plot points in the 15 page epilogue as in the rest of the book.

However, despite this, I can say that parts of the jou
Apr 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Here's another review as I go! I suppose I just can't let go of Dostoyevsky's squalid, bleak, complicated, and spiritually vexing world, so despite having just finished The Brothers Karamazov, I find myself plunging headlong into Crime and Punishment, a book I last read 20 years ago.

I'm reading the new Oliver Ready translation, and it's wonderful so far.

I can well imagine how shocking this book must have been at the time. It depicts a world where everyone is either taking advantage of someone el
May 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“The man who has a conscience suffers whilst acknowledging his sin. That is his punishment.”

Crime and Punishment is one of my favorite books and tells the story of Raskolnikov, an extremely poor former law student in the slums of St. Petersburg who commits a brutal double murder because he imagines himself to be beyond conventional moral laws. He is hunted by the growing voice of his conscience and finds the noose of his own guilt tightening around his neck, driving him near to insanity.

Book co
“Crime? What crime? ... My killing a loathsome, harmful louse, a filthy old moneylender woman who brought no good to anyone, to murder whom would pardon forty sins, who sucked the lifeblood of the poor, and you call that a crime ?”
Just a few scattered toughts, for I do not know how to begin. After revisiting Crime and Punishment I am utterly troubled. What to do? What to say? In my opinion, to write a review of one of Fyodor Dostoyevsky's great masterpieces is a troublesome undertaking. To w
Oct 26, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read Crime and Punishment severs years ago and immediately rated it 5 stars. Then, I started walking around town telling people it was one of my favorite books ever. People would walk up to me on the street and ask, “Hey, Justin, you look like a guy who reads good books. Hey, could you power rank your top five favorite books of all time for me?”

That’s an example of a real life question that no one ever asked me. But, if they did, I was ready to respond!

“Fahrenheit 451, 1984, Les Miserables, C
Schuld und Sühne"
The book is excellent literature of the highest level and can still be read easily and easily. As usual with Dostoyevsky, the characters are shaken by great emotions, nobody stays calm. The account of the murder of the pawnbroker and her sister, as well as the interrogation of the shrewd policeman is among the highlights. The story takes surprising turns again and again. The descriptions Dostoevsky everything is simply incomparable. You are in the middle of history and everywher
Crime and Punishment is one of the most heartfelt stories that I have read. Never a book is written about agonies of a human mind with so much compassion, sympathy, and feeling. There is no question as to Dostoevsky’s mastery in writing. The beauty and charm in his work mainly lie in his truthful and sincere portrayal of human psychology. But that is not all. He also paints a truthful and sincere picture of different classes of Russian society. The two elements combined produce such realistic st ...more
May 24, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
My star rating is purely subjective and means only what GR says it means: I didn't like it. It didn't mean anything to me, sadly, and I didn't even find it to be an interesting story. I'm not saying it's a terrible book; in fact, I'd be very interested to hear what others think (reviews are a bit light for this book here I see).

First, I have a confession to make: I got two thirds of the way through and skimmed the rest. Well, worse than that: I flipped through and got the gist, but such is the
Barry Pierce
Ah such beautiful pessimism. I find solace in the Russians, they make death seem like a mild disturbance in the beauty of life. Also their difficult is mere codswallop, the only difficult thing about Russian lit is the names. That's it.

Crime and Punishment is the story of a crime and its eventual punishment. That's it. End of review. Or not. It's really the story of a crime, followed by more crime, with a sprinkling of just a bit more crime, and then finished off with a tad of punishment. The m
Samra Yusuf
If I were not to be a reader, would’ve not known the places I’m never been to, nor the people I’ve never met, it is only when we identify with another soul, we come to know our own, our caged beings are feathered and our little brains expanded as we glide over infinity other worlds so different from ours and yet alike. I’ve been sleeping with a murderer for last fortnight, in long dark hours I’ve been an intent listener and an ardent lover, to be in mind of a murderer is not a very safe port to ...more
Elyse  Walters
Reading “Crime and Punishment”, was an incredible experience.
The Ultimate psychological thriller!!!
It felt contemporary & timeless.... it was even FUN at times - Have others called this a fun book? I doubt it! Lol
But that’s me. Sue me.

I listened to the Audiobook ( excellent narrator),
during the day- walking/working or soaking....
And read the ebook at night and early mornings in bed... or while spinning on the bike. I was living - breathing - and eating this book - little time to be online.
I p
Feb 27, 2021 marked it as on-hold  ·  review of another edition
"Ah, well, man holds the remedy in his own hands, and lets everything go its own way, simply through cowardice - that is an axiom."

"it is true that poverty is no vice. I am aware that neither is intemperance a virtue - more`s the pity! But indigence is a vice, sir. You may be poor, and yet retain your natural pride; but when you are indigent, you retain nothing."

"Suffering is part and parcel of extensive intelligence and a feeling heart. A man who is really great, it seems to me, must suffer con
Michael Finocchiaro
I first read this book in high school and it blew my conceptions of literature away every bit as much as Light in August and One Hundred Years of Solitude. The first use of stream of consciousness, the deep analysis of Raskolnikov's conscience, the extraordinary plot movement and violence, the perfect narrative viewpoint...everything about this book is near perfection and at the highest level of literary achievement. For me the two Dostoyevsky books to read if you are to read any are this one an ...more
Dec 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5-stars, dark, crime, romance

"Pain and suffering are always inevitable for a broad consciousness and a deep heart. Truly great men, I think, must feel great sorrow in this world."

In this review I focus on the theme of pain as a path toward personal growth and discovering one’s true identity. I dedicate it to my friend Jeffrey. At first we would just read each others’ reviews. It was a common painful experience that bought us together and let me get to know the fabulous person behind the written words. Thank you for bein
Jul 31, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Pain and suffering are always inevitable for a large intelligence and a deep heart. The really great men must, I think, have great sadness on earth.”

The first modern murder mystery? The scene between Raskolnikov and Porfery still one of the classic exchanges in all of literature, obviously very influential in this genre from then on.

“The darker the night, the brighter the stars,
The deeper the grief, the closer is God!”

“When reason fails, the devil helps!”

I wish some books never had to end.

This will undoubtedly top my top 5 books of 2018. Guaranteed.
Jr Bacdayan
Apr 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I do not know how to begin, I am utterly troubled. What to do? What to say? In my opinion, to write a review of Dostoyevsky's great masterpiece is a very hard undertaking. To write a decent one, even harder. A week ago, if you asked me what my favorite novel was, I'd greatly struggle with it. I might consider Joyce's A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Nabokov's Lolita, or probably even Heller's Catch 22. I might give varying answers. It would probably depend on my mood, or the current focu ...more
I am spending waaaaay too much time thinking about this darn book!

FOR ME, this was a bizarre, very dark, sometimes tedious and even disturbing book.

It begins as RAS plans and ultimately commits a grotesque (view spoiler) murder (with a borrowed ax) of a wicked old lady pawnbroker. As the story evolves, we get to see RAS' many faces, illnesses, his extreme poverty and experience his emotional roller coaster of feelings as he slowly passes through each stage resulting from h

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Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky was born in Moscow in 1821. His debut, the epistolary novella Poor Folk (1846), made his name. In 1849 he was arrested for involvement with the politically subversive 'Petrashevsky circle' and until 1854 he lived in a convict prison in Omsk, Siberia. From this experience came The House of the Dead (1860-2). In 1860 he began the journal Vremya (Time). Already married, ...more

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