By Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Few authors were as for my part accustomed to desperation as Fyodor Dostoevsky, and none were so adept at describing it. Crime and Punishment—the novel that heralded the author’s interval of masterworks—tells the tale of the bad and gifted pupil Raskolnikov, a personality of remarkable mental intensity and complexity. Raskolnikov purposes that males like himself, via advantage in their highbrow superiority, can and needs to go beyond societal legislations. to check his conception, he devises the fitting crime—the homicide of a spiteful pawnbroker residing in St. Petersburg.
In essentially the most gripping crime tales of all time, Raskolnikov quickly realizes the folly of his abstractions. Haunted via brilliant hallucinations and the torments of his sense of right and wrong, he seeks reduction from his terror and ethical isolation—first from Sonia, the pious streetwalker who urges him to admit, then in a stressful online game of cat and mouse with Porfiry, the bright Justice of the Peace assigned to the homicide research. A travel de strength of suspense, Crime and Punishment delineates the theories and motivations that underlie a bankrupt morality.
Priscilla Meyer is Professor of Russian Language and Literature at Wesleyan collage, in Middletown, Connecticut. She released locate What the Sailor Has Hidden, the 1st monograph on Vladimir Nabokov’s faded hearth, and edited the 1st English translation of Andrei Bitov’s selection of brief tales, existence in Windy climate.
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Dostoevsky thus presents two variants of false salvation, a literal journey and a figurative journey to the other world. This pattern governs the many correspondences between the two novels. The heroes舗 sisters are part of Rastignac舗s and Raskolnikov舗s initial motivations for their respective crimes. Each hero, while in the capital, receives a letter from his village home; Rastignac calls his sisters 舠angels,舡 just as Raskolnikov舗s mother calls Raskolnikov舗s sister, Dunia, an angel. Rastignac舗s mother tells him 舠Love your aunt; I won舗t tell you all she舗s done for you .
The Double舡 is the first work in which Dostoevsky writes about the psychology of the split self. Dostoevsky meets the utopian socialist M. V. Butashevich-Petrashevsky. 舡 The Communist Manifesto, by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, is published. Rev olutions break out in France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, and Poland. 1849 Dostoevsky is arrested for his participation in the socialist Pe trashevsky Circle. He first spends eight months in solitary confinement and is then condemned to death by firing squad.
1869 The final volumes of War and Peace are published: the fifth in February and the sixth in December. 1871 Dostoevsky and his wife return to St. Petersburg. Serialization of his novel The Possessed begins. 1873 Dostoevsky becomes editor of the conservative weekly Grazhdanin (The Citizen); 舠The Diary of a Writer舡 becomes a regu lar and popular feature of the weekly. 1875 Tolstoy begins publishing Anna Karenina. 舡 1877 舠The Dream of a Ridiculous Man舡 is published in The Diary of a Writer. 1879 Serialization begins in another journal of The Brothers Karamazov, widely considered Dostoevsky舗s greatest novel.