Leila Bathke
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Is this somewhat a murder mystery novel...or a drama?

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Duong Chau it is a psychological novel. It could be a mystery, hence the murder of the pawnbroker, but we know from the start who murdered her, and there isn't a focus on the investigation so i wouldn't count it as a murder mystery.
Ehsan Maleki Its not a whodunit type of mystery, rather the mystery lies in the psychological and moral labyrinth that entangles Raskolnikov after he commits the crime, hence the title " crime and punishment "
The main question there is why, how and when he is going to confess.
Victor Chizi There is more to Crime an Punishment than just the mystery of the murder of the old pawnbroker or the psychological trauma in the life of Raskolnikov.
It is a novel which raises profound question in the mind of a reader with regards to how Raskolnikov sees and understands crime.
His constant refusal to see himself as others see him -"a murderer" instead as a liberator of the poor and cowards from the shackles of the old pawnbroker raises question as to what is crime.
Please do see my brief review.
Martina It's a psychological and mystery novel. Mostly psychological, since it revolves about character thoughts and morals.
Alex It's a drama, mostly - there's never any question about who the murderer is.

But it has the trappings of a murder mystery, in some ways. There's a crime, and there's the effort to solve it. That's one of the things that keeps the story exciting.
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