Crime and Punishment


noun
  1. a novel (1866) by Feodor Dostoevsky.

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Crime and Punishment

(1866) A novel by Feodor Dostoyevsky about the poor student Raskolnikov, who kills two old women because he believes that he is beyond the bounds of good and evil. The psychological novel examines Raskolnikov's anguished mind before, during, and after the crime.

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