A human visits 'Crime and Pubiishment,' a show commemorating the 150th anniversary of the publication of one of Dostoyevsky's best-;loved works, now up at the author's museum in Saint Petersburg. AFP / Olga Maltseva
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Inside an old Saint Petersburg flat that was once home to Fyodor Dostoyevsky, a new exhibition plunges visitors into the dark and complex world of "Crime and Punishment," shedding new light on one of Russia's greatest literary works 150 years after its publication. Located in the heart of Russia's former imperial capital, the "Crime and Punishment" show explores the depths of a novel which won critical acclaim when first published in 1866 and went on to become one of Dostoyevsky's best-known works. First published in serial form in a literary journal, "Crime and Punishment" tells the story of Rodion Raskolnikov, an impoverished young man who believes himself morally superior to everyone else and tries to test the limits of his freedom by murdering an elderly pawnbroker.He is then tormented by his actions, with the novel exploring themes such as the legitimacy of violence, the limits of freedom and the price of human life – quintessential hallmarks of Dostoyevsky's works and of Russian literature as a whole. In addition to paintings and archive pictures of Russia's former capital, the exhibition showcases everyday items and documents which shed light on daily life in 19th-century Saint Petersburg.
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