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Crime and Punishment

Curator Reviews

Nicole Holofcener

The darkest, most disturbing book that enthralled me as a teenager. Dostoyevsky brings the reader inside the mind of a seemly normal person who becomes tortured and ultimately ruined by a single act. Also, I was in love with the poor, tragic Raskolikov, and I think I still am.

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Betty Fussell

If every story is in one way or another a mystery, so too every story is a crime of pretend that ends with the punishment of the actual. Raskolnikov is more terrifyingly real to me than almost anyone I’ve known. No surprise that when I visited St. Petersburg, I headed straight for the writer’s museum on Kuznechny Lane, but Raskolnikov was nowhere there. He was in my gut.

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Asif Kapadia

I’ve always been fascinated by the psychology of people and trying to understand what motivates ordinary people to do the things they do, as well as the guilt and the redemption of these people afterwards. I cannot think of another book which took me into a character's brain before, during, and after, a crime quite like this one.

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René Redzepi

This was one of the books that I started reading as Noma was opening. I was sleeping on the couch every night, coming home from work completely exhausted, way too stressed out and slowly sinking into some sort of depression. I became totally absorbed by the writing and universe that Dostoyevsky creates; it is the perfect escape.

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Nicole Holofcener

The darkest, most disturbing book that enthralled me as a teenager. Dostoyevsky brings the reader inside the mind of a seemly normal person who becomes tortured and ultimately ruined by a single act. Also, I was in love with the poor, tragic Raskolikov, and I think I still am.

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