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This month we’re discussing Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky. “One death, in exchange for thousands of lives — it’s simple arithmetic!” The impoverished student Raskolnikov decides to free himself from debt by killing an old moneylender, an act he sees as elevating himself above conventional morality. But Raskolnikov is torn apart by fear, guilt, and a growing conscience under the influence of his love for Sonya. Meanwhile the police detective Porfiry is on his trail. This is a powerfully psychological novel, in which the St Petersburg setting, Dostoevsky’s own circumstances, and contemporary social problems all play their part.

WhoDunnits is a discussion group devoted to mysteries that follows a yearlong program of books and movies around a single topic. This year it’s Sherlock Holmes’s big brothers — who were the authors who created the detective genre before Conan Doyle came along?

Please note that this is a limited capacity, indoor event at the James City County Library, but you can also join us via Zoom.

Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87250352024?pwd=NHFwZEM5QmdudSttMGxheFZBajRoQT09 

Meeting ID: 872 5035 2024 

Passcode: 495910 

 

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