The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner
- Paperback | 336 pages
- 130 x 192 x 24mm | 240.4g
- 07 Aug 2008
- Canongate Books Ltd
- Edinburgh, United Kingdom
- New edition
- 1 facsim.
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The Complete Edition
Including the engraved frontispiece and (fictional) dedication and with a new preface by Ian Rankin
It is Scotland in the early eighteenth century. Fear and superstition grip the land. Robert Wringhim, a boy of strict Calvinist upbringing, is corrupted by a shadowy figure who calls himself Gil-Martin. Under his influence Robert commits a series of murders which he regards as 'justified' by God under the tenets of his faith.
Hogg's book is a brilliant portrayal of the power of evil and a scathing critique of organised religion. Superbly crafted and deftly executed, it resists any easy explanation of events; is this stranger a figment of Robert's imagination, or the devil himself?
'A work so moving, so funny, so impassioned, so exact and so mysterious that its long history of neglect came as a surprise which has yet to lose its resonance.' Karl Miller, Times Literary Supplement
'Hogg's masterpiece is a psychological thriller, a metaphysical puzzle and a theological and philosophical maze all in one. Its inconsistencies and unresolved questions are what make it at once so gripping and yet so hard to grasp. A strange, disturbing obsession of a book, and a key text of Scottish literature.'
James Robertson, author of The Testament of Gideon Mack