Crime and Punishment--Fyodor Dostoevsky - 12 weeks
S 2020


A desperate young man plots the perfect crime-the murder of a pawnbroker-an unpleasant old woman no one loves and no one will mourn.  Is it not just, he reasons, for a man of genius to transgress moral law if it will ultimately benefit humanity?  So begins one of the greatest novels ever written, a psychological study, a terrifying murder mystery, a  fascinating detective thriller infused with philosophical, religious and social commentary.  Experience the themes of mid-19th Century Russia--poverty, religion, mysticism, political ferment and nihilism.  From dirty backrooms and dingy bars, journey into the darkest recesses of the depraved mind and witness sin, guilt and redemption.  Dostoevsky is the acknowledged master of psychological drama and this is his masterpiece.  Originally serialized more than 150 years ago, it is peopled with remarkable characters and remains as fresh and current as today's news.

Weekly Topics

1.  Pages 1-50

2.  Pages 50-106

3.  Pages 109-142; 142-172

4.  Pages 172-232

5.  Pages 235-282

6.  Pages 282-334

7.  Pages 337-367; 367-396

8.  Pages 399-453

9.  Pages 454-487; 487-507

10.  Pages 507-555

11.  Pages 555-580; 580-513

12.  Pages 614-658


Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky, translated by Oliver Ready, Penguin Books