The True-Life Inspiration for Dostoyevsky’s Famous Murderer

The model for Raskolnikov, the tortured killer in the Russian author’s masterpiece “Crime and Punishment,” was a Frenchman who committed a double murder, Kevin Birmingham writes in “The Sinner and the Saint,” his portrait of Dostoyevsky and the making of the novel.The model for Raskolnikov, the tortured killer in the Russian author’s masterpiece “Crime and Punishment,” was a Frenchman who committed a double murder, Kevin Birmingham writes in “The Sinner and the Saint,” his portrait of Dostoyevsky and the making of the novel.Read MoreBooks and Literature, Murders, Attempted Murders and Homicides, Birmingham, Kevin, Dostoyevsky, Fyodor, , France, Lacenaire, Pierre-Francois

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