Crime and punishment is probably Dostoevsky's most read and known novel and one of the most famous literary works of all time. Published in installments in 1866 in the journal «Russkij vestnik» («The Russian Messenger»), it is the story of Rodion Romanovich Raskolnikov, which the author describes in a letter to the editor: "A young man, expelled from university , of a petty bourgeois family, very poor, decides to suddenly emerge from his sad situation. Raskolnikov divides men into two species: the great men, the" Napoleon ", Which is allowed to live and act above the moral law and to which, in the name of their greatness and the benefit that humanity draws from their existence," everything is allowed "; the common people, the "lice", which must instead be subject to laws and common sense, and against which the Napoleons have the right to life and death.
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Fyodor Dostoevsky was born in Moscow in 1821 and studied in St Petersburg. His first work of fiction was the epistolary novel Poor Folk (1846), which met with a generally favourable response, but his subsequent works in the same period were less enthusiastically received. In 1849 Dostoevsky was arrested as a member of the socialist Petrashevsky circle, and suffered four years in a Siberian penal settlement followed by another four years of enforced military service. He returned to writing in the late 1850s and it was during the last twenty years of his life that he wrote the iconic works, Notes from the Underground (1864), Crime and Punishment (1866) and The Brothers Karamazov (1880). He died in 1881.