The first of Dostoevsky’s five great novels, Crime and Punishment
(1866) is widely acclaimed as one of the most exiting, innovative and
influential works of fiction in world literature. Being a thriller, it is a
most stimulating and thought-provoking read, at the same time it is a
philosophical and psychological novel. Richly textured, this novel is populated
by people from all strata of Russian society who in their different ways search
for and come to terms with their own understanding of selfhood, life and God.
The novel’s focus is on the plight of its protagonist, Rodion Raskolnikov,
whose inner world we are invited to explore. Together with this character, we
set out on a quest to contemplate life’s essential questions about human values,
aspirations and predicaments, about the role and nature of our mind and
consciousness. Reading assignments and discussion questions will be posted on
the course web page found on www.slavdom.com (follow the COURSES link).
Dostoevsky, Fedor. Crime and Punishment (novel) (trans./annotated by Richard Peaver and Larisa Volokhonsky)
For the schedule and discussion questions please refer to the course page for Crime and Punishment I