Which Russian novel concerns the murder of a pawnbroker by Raskolnikov?
'Crime and Punishment' is a novel by the Russian author Fyodor Dostoevsky. It was first published in the literary journal 'The Russian Messenger 'in twelve monthly installments during 1866.
'Crime and Punishment' focuses on the mental anguish and moral dilemmas of Rodion Raskolnikov, an impoverished ex-student in Saint Petersburg who formulates a plan to kill an unscrupulous pawnbroker for her money. Before the killing, Raskolnikov believes that with the money he could liberate himself from poverty and go on to perform great deeds. However, once it is done he finds himself racked with confusion, paranoia, and disgust for what he has done. His ethical justifications disintegrate completely as he struggles with guilt and horror and confronts the real-world moral consequences of his deed.