Crime and Punishment' concentrates on the mental tumult and moral confusion of Rodion Raskolnikov, an impecunious former student in St. Petersburg who contrives to murder a morally bankrupt pawnbroker in order to steal her money. Convinced by a friend who argues that using the pawnbroker's money for benevolent reasons would counterbalance the killing, Rodion commits the crime, but is tormented by contradictory thoughts and the ever-present danger of being caught. This text is a classic work of Russian literature, and will appeal to fans of literature of this ilk. A veritable must-read for serious literature fans, no bookshelf is complete without a copy of 'Crime and Punishment'. Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoyevsky (1821 - 1881) was a Russian novelist, essayist, short story writer, journalist and philosopher. We are republishing this antiquarian book now in a modern, affordable edition complete with a new prefatory biography of the author.