Crime and Punishment: A Novel in Six Parts with Epilogue
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Crime and punishment is probably Dostoevsky's most read and known novel and one of the most famous literary works of all time. Published in installments in 1866 in the journal «Russkij vestnik» («The Russian Messenger»), it is the story of Rodion Romanovich Raskolnikov, which the author describes in a letter to the editor: "A young man, expelled from university , of a petty bourgeois family, very poor, decides to suddenly emerge from his sad situation. Raskolnikov divides men into two species: the great men, the" Napoleon ", Which is allowed to live and act above the moral law and to which, in the name of their greatness and the benefit that humanity draws from their existence," everything is allowed "; the common people, the "lice", which must instead be subject to laws and common sense, and against which the Napoleons have the right to life and death.
'The old woman was merely a sickness ...it wasn't a human being I killed, it was a principle!' Raskolnikov, Crime and Punishment 20030924
Runner-up for The BBC Big Read Top 100 2003. Shortlisted for BBC Big Read Top 100 2003.