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Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoevsky
Dostoevsky often wrote on spiritual themes, and Crime and Punishment is no different. At one level, it's a psychological thriller concerning a man named Raskolnikov who murders an old woman. At another level, it's an analogy of sin, death, and resurrection. At one point, Raskolnikov even contemplates the story of Lazarus being raised from the dead. Even though he's a murderer, he finds redemption through the patient love of a woman named Sonya and they're both reborn spiritually. Having suffered for his crimes, he is finally released to Sonya. Tolstoy writes that their pale faces are, “full of resurrection into a new life.”

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