By Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Raskolnikov, a destitute and determined former scholar, wanders in the course of the slums of St Petersburg and commits a random homicide with no regret or remorse. He imagines himself to be an excellent guy, a Napoleon: performing for a better function past traditional ethical legislations. yet as he embarks on a deadly online game of cat and mouse with a suspicious police investigator, Raskolnikov is pursued through the growing to be voice of his moral sense and reveals the noose of his personal guilt tightening round his neck. basically Sonya, a downtrodden prostitute, can provide the opportunity of redemption.
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