I was traumatized by being forced to read this (and many other books painfully boring for teenagers) at high school but 20+ years later I was inspired by a Hacker News thread to give it another go.

Not saying that it was the most entertaining book I’ve ever read but there is certainly something in it. I liked how complicated Raskolnikov’s personality is and the description of all the difficult interpersonal relationships.

I’ve read this book in the 1970 Hungarian translation by Imre Görög and Margit G. Beke, and it was all right, not too archaic. There is a modern translation from 2015 by András Soproni which seems to have received praise in literary circles, unfortunately it was nowhere to be found for purchase.

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