'He was constantly harassed with the idea, that the next time he lifted his eyes, he would to a certainty see that face, the most repulsive to all his feelings of aught the earth contained'
Robert Wringhim knows himself to be one of the Elect: predestined for a salvation which nothing he can do, however criminal or bloody, will prevent. With conviction he records his own devout, dark work, committed in the company of his new friend Gil-Martin - who can pass for Robert, and carry other likenesses too.
James Hogg's tale of religious fanaticism and evil is a chilling classic of the macabre, and its telling is as troublingly, compellingly duplicitous as Gil-Martin himself. Initially unappreciated, then bowdlerised, it has gone on to have appeal and influence as great as anything in Scottish literature.
About the Author
James Hogg (1770-1835) led a troubled life as a writer. Originally a shepherd, he taught himself to write and finally achieved recognition for his epic poem on Mary, Queen of Scots, The Queen's Wake, and was invited to write for the best-selling journal Blackwood's Magazine. However, Hogg soon became a figure of fun and ridicule in the magazine's satirical 'Noctes Ambrosianae', in which the crude and absurd 'Ettrick Shepherd' was openly modelled on him. It is debated whether this was a source of pain and humiliation to the increasingly ostracised Hogg. His masterpiece, The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner, only achieved recognition some 100 years after publication, but is now one of the most important novels in the Scottish canon.
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 23rd May 2012
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.9 x 1.1
Weight (kg): 0.18