The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner

by James Hogg

In Brief

Convinced he is the scourge of God, placed on earth to destroy the unregenerate, the fanatical Robert Wringhim embarks upon a series of increasingly horrifying murders. Bending the Calvinist doctrine of predestination to fit his warped worldview, he believes that he is free to sin without fear of damnation. But is he the agent of his own actions or is he the puppet of infernal powers?

Why you should read it

Bringing together gothic horror, biting satire, black humour and an intense portrayal of a fractured psyche, "The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner" is one of the most powerful and unsettling books ever written. Largely ignored when it was first published, it has experienced a long-overdue renaissance in recent years and has influenced a host of writers. Anticipating many postmodern masterpieces in its sophisticated layering of styles and viewpoints, it is hard to believe it comes from the pen of an uneducated shepherd whose only reading matter was the Bible.

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