By Fyodor Dostoyevsky
A afflicted younger guy commits the ideal crime -- the homicide of a vile pawnbroker whom nobody will omit. Raskolnikov is determined for cash, yet convinces himself that his intent for the homicide is to profit mankind. So starts off one of many maximum novels ever written, a trip into the legal brain, a police mystery, and a philosophical meditation on morality and redemption.
This translation by means of Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky, used to be a winner of the 1991 PEN/Book-of-the-Month membership Prize for top Translation!
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