'One death, in exchange for thousands of lives - it's simple
arithmetic!' A new translation of Dostoevsky's epic masterpiece,
Crime and Punishment (1866). The impoverished student Raskolnikov
decides to free himself from debt by killing an old moneylender, an
act he sees as elevating himself above conventional morality. Like
Napoleon he will assert his will and his crime will be justified by
its elimination of 'vermin' for the sake of the greater good. But
Raskolnikov is torn apart by fear, guilt, and a growing conscience
under the influence of his love for Sonya. Meanwhile the police
detective Porfiry is on his trail. It is a powerfully psychological
novel, in which the St Petersburg setting, Dostoevsky's own
circumstances, and contemporary social problems all play their
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