Crime and punishment st petersburg

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crime and punishment st petersburg

Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Raskolnikov, a destitute and desperate former student, wanders through the slums of St Petersburg and commits a random murder without remorse or regret. He imagines himself to be a great man, a Napoleon: acting for a higher purpose beyond conventional moral law. But as he embarks on a dangerous game of cat and mouse with a suspicious police investigator, Raskolnikov is pursued by the growing voice of his conscience and finds the noose of his own guilt tightening around his neck. Only Sonya, a downtrodden prostitute, can offer the chance of redemption.
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St. Petersburg in the footsteps of Raskolnikov

The Dostoevsky Day took place on July 6 in St. It would be difficult to walk in the footsteps of Raskolnikov—the main character of the novel—if Dostoyevsky's wife, Anna Grigorievna, had not filled in the missing letters of the street names after her husband's death. Dostoevsky rented apartments in 20 different buildings in St. The reason he moved so many times was financial: The writer had constant problems with money. Fyodor Dostoevsky always tried to choose corner apartments with a balcony and a view of a church.

It contrasts criminality with conscience, nihilism with consequences, and examines the lengths to which people will go to retain a sense of liberty. The city here is not merely a backdrop but reflects the imposition of the will of one man, its founder Peter the Great, who famously decreed its existence and oversaw its building, which cost the lives of thousands of slaves. In this most ideological and willed of cities, the most ideological and willed of murders seems bound to happen. Crime and Punishment embodies the spirit of St Petersburg to the extent that the character of Raskolnikov seems willed into existence by the city itself. It produced a novel that still speaks to us as strongly today as it did when it was first published years ago. Trace the footsteps of the characters around the city, with quotes taken from the novel, with this interactive map. Creative Commons via Pixabay.

Book Report of the Novel 'Crime and Punishment'

Petersburg, then the Russian capital. Home Page Research Importance of St., In , as a result of reforms by Tsar Alexander II of Russia, some 23 million serfs Russian peasants owned by landowners were emancipated.

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1 COMMENTS

  1. Max P. says:

    Fyodor Dostoevsky is one of Russia's most important writers and Crime and Punishment , in which a tormented young intellectual murders an elderly, loathesome pawnbroker, is one of his most riveting works.

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