Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Crime and Punishment

By Fyodor Dostoyevsky

  • Release Date: 2006-03-28
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
Score: 4.5
From 1,137 Ratings


Crime and Punishment is a novel by the Russian author Fyodor Dostoyevsky. It was first published in the literary journal The Russian Messenger in twelve monthly installments during 1866. It was later published in a single volume. It is the second of Dostoyevsky's full-length novels following his return from ten years of exile in Siberia. Crime and Punishment is the first great novel of his "mature" period of writing.
Crime and Punishment focuses on the mental anguish and moral dilemmas of Rodion Raskolnikov, an impoverished ex-student in St. Petersburg who formulates and executes a plan to kill an unscrupulous pawnbroker for her cash. Raskolnikov argues that with the pawnbroker's money he can perform good deeds to counterbalance the crime, while ridding the world of a worthless vermin. He also commits this murder to test his own hypothesis that some people are naturally capable of such things, and even have the right to do them. Several times throughout the novel, Raskolnikov justifies his actions by connecting himself mentally with Napoleon Bonaparte, believing that murder is permissible in pursuit of a higher purpose.


  • Incredible

    By Svidrigaïlov
    One of the greatest books I’ve ever read
  • Best ever

    By jglez6868
    My favorite book
  • Extremely descriptive, beautiful book.

    By dickenslover
    A wonderful, wonderful book. Very descriptive, and it is the hardest thing to put down. And when you do put it down, the guilt, the emotion, the mentality of Raskilnikov temporarily leaks into one’s mind, and you yourself feel somewhat desperate. You feel as though you murdered the old lady and Lizaveta yourself. Very good book.
  • 5 stars

    By Alano The Great
    It is a great read!
  • Categorical Morality

    By jummy112234
    The book is diverse in its content. But the question on categorical morality that Dostoyevsky approached was embedded in deep psychological as well social structure of humans. Overstepping ones boundaries to see how far one can go often leads to disparity and agony. One should know what is wrong and no matter what the utility of ones act is it isn’t worth ruining one’s conscience for.
  • Errors in translation

    By rhyxisjvds
    this version has some format errors that impede the story, which itself is 5 stars
  • Best book I’ve read

    By The phyco pathway
    A comfortably complex plot, philosophical issues still relevant almost 200 years later, and a writing style that makes you feel the psychological anguish of every character. Good stuff.
  • Russian Literature

    By Edawg7778
    I read this book. 5 stars
  • Fascinating

    By Gayleonly3337777777
    A very interesting study of human nature and how guilt affects one’s personality even if one gets away with a crime. Also, the mental process of justifying one’s right to commit a crime and the ensuing mental anguish. Even though love and honesty are shown to triumph over evil, the book is still rather sad and dark.
  • Great Start....

    By ~~~gio~~~
    Great start to this book, however it’s for naught when it falls apart on the third act with its predictable religious propaganda of an era without science or technology or practical thinking. It is still worth the read, despite the fact that half of the entirety of the book is basically the author repeatedly stating the full names (FULL NAMES) of every character about a thousand times each, which is needless to say so absolutely unnecessary. Times were certainly different.