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'Crime and Punishment' is a novel by the Russian author Feodor Dostoyevsky. It was first published in the Literary Journal 'The Russian Messenger' in twelve monthly installments during 1866. It was later published in a single volume. 'Crime and Punishment' focuses on the mental anguish and moral dilemmas of Rodion Rashkolnikov, an impoverished ex-student in St. Petersburg who formulates and executes a plan to kill an unscrupulous pawnbroker for her cash. Rashkolnikov puts his philosophical theory to the ultimate test of murder, a tragic tale of suffering and redemption unfolds in the dismal setting of the slums of czarist, prerevolutionary St. Petersburg.