Crime and Punishment is a novel about Raskolnikov, a poor university student in Saint Petersburg, Russia, whose philosophical convictions lead him to murder an unscrupulous pawn broker. After bouts of delirium, sickness and police interrogation, Raskolnikov eventually confesses to the crime and is sent to a penal colony in Siberia, where he finds moral redemption. Like many of Dostoevsky's works, Crime and Punishment is often read as a critique of nihilism and amorality and a defense of Christian morality and redemption.
Crime and Punishment (Russian:Преступление и наказание) is a novel by Russian author Fyodor Dostoevsky, first published in the literary journal The Russian Messenger in twelve monthly installments in 1866, and was later published as a novel. It focuses on the mental anguish and moral dilemmas of Rodion Romanovich Raskolnikov, an impoverished St. Petersburg student who formulates and executes a plan to kill a hated, unscrupulous pawnbroker for her money, thereby solving his financial problems and at the same time, he argues, ridding the world of evil.
Raskolnikov went on walking beside him. His legs felt suddenly weak, a cold shiver ran down his spine, and his heart seemed to stand still for a moment, then suddenly began throbbing as though it were set free. So they walked for about a hundred paces, side by side in silence. The man did not look at him.
"What do you mean... what is... Who is a murderer?" muttered Raskolnikov hardly audibly.
"You are a murderer," the man answered still more articulately and emphatically, with a smile of triumphant hatred, and again he looked straight into Raskolnikov’s pale face and stricken eyes.