This is essentially eight separate short films, though with some overlaps in terms of characters and thematic material - chiefly that of man's relationship with his environment. 'Sunshine Through The Rain': a young boy is told not to go out on the day when both weather conditions occur, because that's when the foxes hold their wedding procession, which could have fatal consequences for those who witness it. 'The Peach Orchard': the same young boy encounters the spirits of the peach trees that have been cut down by heartless humans. 'The Blizzard': a team of mountaineers are saved from a blizzard by spiritual intervention. 'The Tunnel': a man encounters the ghosts of an army platoon, whose deaths he was responsible for. 'Crows': an art student encounters 'Vincent Van Gogh' and enters the world of his paintings. 'Mount Fuji in Red': nuclear meltdown threatens the devastation of Japan. 'The Weeping Demon': a portrait of a post-nuclear world populated by human mutations. 'Village of the ... Written by Michael Brooke <[email protected]>
In January 1866 the first part of the novel appeared in the Russian Herald, but Dostoevsky still had some unresolved issues to work out. His extensive notes show him still trying to develop Sonya's character (she was at one point rigorous and outspoken) and Raskolnikov's motive for committing the crime. He continued to be busy with Crime and Punishment until the fall, when he had to rush to complete The Gambler for Stellovsky and, to the great benefit of mankind and world literature, save for himself the rights to his own work. Crime and Punishment was completed in November and published to prodigious success.