A serial-killer’s tale of love and madness
by Trygve E. Wighdal
Pub Date 21 Aug 2019
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How to put a method, a structure in madness?
”Since I’d be first to cast a stone at a murderer—I am one after all—I venture on writing these truthful chronicles as a study of human suffering,” writes a serial-killer, in a story of self-discovery gone amok. JUNG’S DEMON is a book as hallucinogenic as Hunter S. Thompson and as powerful as Oscar Zeta Acosta. It is as tragic as Malcolm Lowry and occasionally as funny as David Foster Wallace.
"The murders Roman L. had committed with such a ferocious, savage intensity send shivers down my spine every time I reflect on his brutally honest confessions. He writes about “sinking into the terrifying Hell of my own soul, a cold, utter darkness of the scariest, most painful insanity that peels off your skin while your brain screams, crushed by madness.”
Even now as I copy his words here, I shake as I furtively look around. And I am afraid. I dread, no matter how irrationally, that I somehow might meet him or one of his scary personalities anew, and, like I was once before in Paris, again be tricked into liking him by his disarming, almost child-like smile and by his mirthful laughter that hid both the frightened child in him and the terrifying, heartless monster sneering behind. This book contains his chronicles. His harrowing descent into Hell.”
Think Kafka on acid and sprinkle some humor over it; that's JUNG'S DEMON.
"Despite the author's palpable mental anguish and a scarecrow like, disturbing cover, his tormented mind kept his sense of humor intact. That was a real surprise coming out "Jung's Demon." He mixes gruesome murders with ancient myths - I particularly loved a story of Erix, Aphrodite’s son set in Erice, Sicily - and than wraps it in a thin layer of humor, obfuscating nothing. His humor induces smiles, winces and chuckles rather than laughter and made us think. Is the demon really in all of us, waiting for right circumstances to unleash its devastating power?"
- Natasha Duchene
" Suspenseful, exquisitely paced, and darkly funny, written with refreshing intelligence and all too painful humanism, a must for lovers of food and travel, relationship addicts, movie lovers, students of the human condition (psychologists, also), artists of all kinds, magical realists, and other hopeless romantics."
- Lena T.
“What if I should discover that I myself am the enemy who must be loved? What then?”
- Carl Gustav Jung
Intimacy of Madness
Jung's Demon is truly a gripping, trenchant tale. To paraphrase Kundera, it's an unbearable intimacy of madness. A witty, thought-provoking book. It is also filed with self-effacing irony and subdued, sometimes twisted, sometimes painful humor. Once I started reading it, I could not put it down. Highly recommended insight into a tortured human soul.