What I have read (Crime and punishment)

Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky (his best-known book). A book that goes well with short and dark  winter days in  the Antipodes (434 pages of very small print, bought at the annual book fair in  Nelson). The title Journey to the End of Conscience, Guilt and Remorse would also suit this book very well. The story revolves around the main character, Rodion Romanovich Raskolnikoff, a student who coldly murders the money-lender with whom he has dealt, but is  gripped with remorse afterwards. The remainder of the book is an unparalleled introspection of the human mind that has not aged in any way since its publication in 1866. After a certain number of pages, I had the impression that he had said everything there had to say on the matter and was wondering what was to come next, and that's what impressed me the most, he uses a seemingly minor detail or character that he introduced previously to resume his thinking and continue the examination from all possible angles of guilt, remorse and conscience in 19th century Russia. If the depths of the human soul seem universal, certain aspects of the behavior of the characters, on the other hand, seemed very different to me, in particular the sense of honor or the way of interacting and of gauging (or judging) each other the others, which portrays better the century and the country of the author. A very good reading choice for those who want to read a classic, but avoid it  if you want something light. It took me several weeks to read it, because of the heaviness of the reflexion (and also because I read less quickly in English).

2 réflexions sur « What I have read (Crime and punishment) »

  1. One author whose work tempts me to learn Russian. Usually Spanish translations are a thing of lottery, a few are neutral but most, although good, are written in regional dialects, enough complex for me to need to translate the translation. I usually read books in English. I chose the AmazonClassics edition which uses the translation by Constance Garnett, neutral (maybe too neutral?) and maybe a bit outdated as is in public domain but quite good nevertheless. Quite meticulous and quite thrilling story despite being after the « action, » I enjoyed his « Notes from the Underground » too, which I found quite fascinating : )

    1. I am unlikely to be

      able to compare with the original as Russian is not on my list of languages I want to learn. Despite unavoidable subtleties lost in translation, I am sure, I enjoyed the writing. 🙂

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