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Tsumi to Batsu

An adaptation of Fyodor Dostoyevsky's classic Crime and Punishment, reworked for younger readers.

(Source: MU)

The setting is St. Petersburg in Czarist Russia, in the days just prior to the Russian Revolution.

Rascalnikov is a child from a poor family. He murders an old lady who is a loan shark and flees with her valuables. Judge Polifili, who has been assigned to the case, immediately suspects Rascalnikov because he had recently submitted an essay in a magazine claiming that "the world is divided into those who are geniuses and those who are not. A genius may commit murder but is not guilty if it is for the good of the world."

At first, Rascalnikov feels invincible and confident that he c...

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