By Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Few authors were as in my view acquainted with desperation as Fyodor Dostoevsky, and none were so adept at describing it. Crime and Punishment—the novel that heralded the author’s interval of masterworks—tells the tale of the bad and gifted scholar Raskolnikov, a personality of exceptional mental intensity and complexity. Raskolnikov purposes that males like himself, by means of advantage in their highbrow superiority, can and needs to go beyond societal legislation. to check his conception, he devises the best crime—the homicide of a spiteful pawnbroker residing in St. Petersburg.
In probably the most gripping crime tales of all time, Raskolnikov quickly realizes the folly of his abstractions. Haunted through shiny hallucinations and the torments of his sense of right and wrong, he seeks reduction from his terror and ethical isolation—first from Sonia, the pious streetwalker who urges him to admit, then in a annoying online game of cat and mouse with Porfiry, the intense Justice of the Peace assigned to the homicide research. A travel de strength of suspense, Crime and Punishment delineates the theories and motivations that underlie a bankrupt morality.
Priscilla Meyer is Professor of Russian Language and Literature at Wesleyan collage, in Middletown, Connecticut. She released locate What the Sailor Has Hidden, the 1st monograph on Vladimir Nabokov’s light hearth, and edited the 1st English translation of Andrei Bitov’s selection of brief tales, existence in Windy climate.
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Raskolnikov舗s Golgotha comes when he confesses to Nikodim Fomich, but Raskolnikov has yet to achieve resurrection. Similarly, in John, it is not the climax of Jesus舗 tale when Nicodemus gives Jesus the traditional Jewish burial at the end of chapter 19, or in 20 when Mary finds his body missing from the tomb. Completion of the miracle of Jesus舗 resurrection takes place only in chapter 21, when Jesus appears to his disciples. Dostoevsky舗s scene of silent recognition at dawn by the shore is modeled on chapter 21 of John.
Dostoevsky was allowed to return to St. Petersburg in December 1859, exactly ten years after he had left. The idealist 舠men of the 40s舡 had been succeeded by the 舠men of the 1860s,舡 who endorsed Western positivist, materialist thought. In 1861 Dostoevsky and his brother Mikhail founded a journal, Vremia (Time), that attempted to reconcile the opposing camps of the Slavophils (the more conservative, nationalist group who valued the Russian tradition) and the Westernizers (relative liberals who wanted Russia to learn from European culture).
It would have been good-natured, except for a look in the eyes, which shone with a watery, sentimental light under almost white, blinking eyelashes. The expression of those eyes was strangely out of keeping with his somewhat womanish figure, and gave it something far more serious than could be guessed at first sight. 舡 (page 247-248) Š A minute later Sonia, too, came in with the candle, put down the candlestick and, completely disconcerted, stood before him inexpressibly agitated and apparently frightened by his unexpected visit.