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Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
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Jul 10, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: russian-literature
Read from July 10 to 15, 2011

Woah. This is a dark, heavy book. It makes Notes from Underground feel like a picnic on a sunny day. In fact I can't help but think that the reason Russian lit is often dismissed as being dark and heavy in general is because so many people were forced to read it in High School. The characterization in this is really forceful. The way Raskolnikov bounces between psychological extremes at the drop of a pin is just so sudden, it almost made me physically queasy at times. You sort of end up feeling as tensed up and wigged out as he does by the end (or at least I did). And there are these weird, hallucinatory moments which run through the book, little visions, dreams and ghosts, which make it all the freakier; the book's got an almost haunting way of staying with you. Tom Waits once sang that hell is as black as a bucket of tar. So is Crime and Punishment.
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