Driven by the belief that he is meant to kill, Raskolnikov brutally murders an elderly pawnbroker and her sister. But when talk of the unsolved murders consumes the city, Raskolnikov’s guilt overtakes him and he wanders the streets in a feverish state, leading police detective Porfiry suspect his involvement.
As the investigation closes in on him, Raskolnikov seeks solace in the company of Sonya, a virtuous prostitute who urges him to confess his crime and seek redemption.
Crime and Punishment is a revealing portrait of a man confronting, for the first time, his morality and the moral consequences of his actions. The novel is widely recognized as author Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s argument against the radical behaviours practised by nineteenth-century Russian Nihilists.
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