Crime and Punishment is a deep and complex psychological novel by Russian writer Fyodor Dostoyevsky. A man named Raskolnikov kills a woman to prove to himself a philosophical point and the story revolves around him dealing with his crumbling psyche in the aftermath of the crime, the social consequences and the lengths a man could go to scape from himself.
Raskolnikov is a strange character that embodies humanity’s fight against society and its rules, but after failing to impart his own brand of justice lacks the valour to accept the consequences of his actions. In the novel, suffering is for the writer the forge of human will.
Dostoyevsky is a true writer of the Russian way of life, an undisputed voice of the Russian soul.