In 1865, Fyodor Dostoevsky found himself in a deep hole. He had gambled away his last savings and wracked up big debts. He also had to support the family of his recently deceased brother. Looking to make some quick money, Dostoevsky asked Mikhail Katkov, publisher of The Russian Messenger, for an advance. Then he began writing in earnest a novella that soon sprawled into a grand novel. The first part of Crime and Punishment would appear in The Russian Messenger in January 1866; the second part in December of that same year. Like The Brothers Karamazov (Dostoevsky’s other major work), Crime and Punishment probes the dark side of human psychology and asks some hard existential questions. Nietzsche would later call Dostoevsky “the only psychologist from whom I have something to learn: he belongs to the happiest windfalls of my life, happier even than the discovery of Stendhal.” One of the masterpieces of the Russian literary tradition, Crime and Punishment is now available as a free audio book thanks to Lit2Go. You can download the novel in full via iTunes, or as mp3s via the Lit2Go web site. Meanwhile, if you’re looking for a free etext version of the novel, you can find it in the following formats: Google Mobile – Kindle – Feedbooks – ePub.