Harold Bloom, Sterling Professor of Humanities at Yale University, has this to say regarding Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment in his book How to Read and Why:
Absorbing as Crime and Punishment is, it cannot be absolved of tendentiousness, which is Dostoevsky's invariable flaw. He is a partisan, whose fierce perspective is always explicit in what he writes. His design upon us is to raise us, like Lazarus, from our own nihilism and skepticism, and then convert us to Orthodoxy. Writers as eminent as Chekhov and Nabokov have been unable to abide him; to them he was scarcely an artist, but a shrill would-be prophet. I myself, with each rereading, find Crime and Punishment an ordeal, dreadfully powerful but somewhat pernicious, almost as though it were Macbeth composed by Macbeth himself.What I find most curious in this passage is that Professor Bloom singles out for his fundamental criticism of Dostoevsky -- whose greatness he recognizes -- the very thing that makes him most attractive to Orthodox readers. We applaud precisely his tendentiousness, his partisanship, his excoriation of nihilism and skepticism, and his desire to convert the reader to Orthodoxy. Reading Bloom is exhilarating in that in him we find an interlocutor with whom it is always instructive to disagree.