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Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
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Apr 16, 2008

it was amazing
bookshelves: 2009, russians

Intense, engrossing and, in many ways, far more strange than a lot of contemporary fiction that tries really hard to be strange, after the first hundred pages I found it impossible to put this book down, but also difficult to pick up again in the morning, like I was rehashing unpleasant memories. I loved the dialogue, particularly the long, psychologically manipulative, bizarre, sometimes grotesque conversations between Raskolnikov and Porfiry, the examining magistrate. Many parts of this book read like a study in the various extremes - emotional, physical, psychological, etc - that humanity can be driven to, and beyond what point they cannot seem to return.
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