You’re always getting into trouble with your damned Dostoevsky

Atiq Rahimi, A Curse on Dostoevsky

In Atiq Rahimi‘s A Curse on Dostoevsky Rahimi reimagines’ Fyodor Dostoevsky‘s Crime and Punishment.* Rassoul murders his girlfriend’s boss in her home with a machete. As he is standing over the dead woman, he notices “the woman’s fleshy hand, which still grips a wad of notes. The money will be bloodstained. (1)” He pauses, unable to move. What does he think about? He and his family is poor, his girlfriend’s family is poor and he is standing above a wealthy woman he just killed. He thinks about:

“Crime and Punishment. That’s right—Raskolnikov, and what became of him.
But didn’t he think of that before, when he was planning the crime?
Apparently not.
Or perhaps that story, buried deep within, incited him to the murder.”

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