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Crime and Punishment

FOR the deepest essence of tragedy, though it avoid the final catastrophe-for the evocation, that is to say, of the pro- foundest feelings of pity and of terror which can purge the reader’s heart-there is, I believe, no work of literary fiction that can take its place by the side of Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment. By its side the stories of Poe seem strained; Hoffmann sinks to the level of a highly self-conscious poseur; Bulwer Lytton glitters with the glitter of a ‘skelt’; while Robert Louis Stevenson becomes but as a melting rushlight in the fierce glow of Dostoevsky’s powers, in the vast and dreadful flickers of his imagination.

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Kuṟṟam maṟṟum taṇṭaṉai




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Nor is the reason for the paling of all these renowned but less effectual fires far to seek.
The briefest summary of the facts of Dostoevsky’s life will show us whence, apart from any possibly innate difference of gifts, his superiority was inevitably bound to flow. 1821 Born in a hospital for the poor in Moscow, the son of a resident surgeon. 1844 Wrote his first novel, Poor Folk. April 1849. Arrested with forty-three others for belonging to what would pass in this country as a daring debating society on socialistic and kindred ideas, and condemned to death. December 1849. With nineteen others, stripped to their shirts on a scaffold in the Semyonovski Square. The sentence having been read out, the cross presented to each man to kiss, the first batch of three having been fastened to poles blind- folded and the order given to load-an officer suddenly dashed up with a reprieve and a commutation of the sentence to imprisonment in Siberia. One of the three men tied up had lost his reason.


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