Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Written by Gracie Cooper. Posted in Books

For those who still have not read Crime and Punishment by the Russian author Fyodor Dostoyevsky I will give you some reasons to get your hands on the book. The first reason is that it is impossible not to be captured by the reading of the book: Dostoyevsky has no empty spaces in the novel’s architecture; there aren’t pages of ‘filling’. Even more fascinating than the episodes themselves are sometimes the intermezzo’s with which the author combines. From this point of view, Dostoyevsky is inimitable: has a technique of dosing the mystery, of investment of the detail with premonitory energy, of drawing in a sketch of a character in his absence to create a fulminate entry on stage.

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There is also, his ability to contract and expand time and space depending on the intensity and immensity of the scenes. And the fact that he puts you in position to think and feel simultaneously (a rarity among novels) and hundreds of other reasons. Beyond these technical details, ‘Why did Raskolnikov killed?’ is the most natural and most important question that the reader of the novel asks.

There is in Crime and Punishment a progressive increase of the quality of the confession. Rodion Romanovici Raskolnikov speaks badly and teased in most of the novel, but what is amazing is that at the end of the last part and continuing with the epilogue he gains increasingly more power and sincerity in his word.