Tears and agonies would at least have been life.
By now, after 5 novels, I can say I know something about Dostoevsky, enough to find common traits in his works, enough to feel confident and call him "Dosto";), but above all enough to count him among my favorite authors.
I started reading Crime and Punishment with some hesitation, as it always happens when I start a book from wich I expect a lot, and I must admit that at the beginning I struggled a little to get myself involved.
Then, suddenly, tons of love: once again, while describing a man who lives in Petersburg in the 19th century, my dear Dosto is talking about me. And then I felt more and more attracted by the narrative, and not only for Raskòl'nikov, but also for all the other characters, and for the events that, as usual in Dosto, intertwine, evolve, modify. He makes you love everyone, dear Dosto, even the murderers and the depraved.
A masterpiece, without any doubt.