I have recently read Crime and Punishment and was thoroughly amazed by it. It is a true timeless classic. It is the only book of his I have read so far (soon to be put right!). Having found out a little about Dostoevsky's background and the other books he wrote, he obviously drew strongly from his own experiences. Raskolnikoff clearly sees himself as special and above others, and I can't help but wonder how much of this came from Dostoevsky's own experiences as a young man. This led me to think about whether it is possible that he actually murdered himself! Considering his background and time in prison and the army, is this too far fetched an idea? Did he himself experience the mental torture he describes in the book? I would love to hear the opinion of others on this, even if it is to tell me to shut-up and stop being stupid!