On 1 November , Gerard Reve published what was to become one of the classics of Dutch literature. Set during the last ten dark days of , the story. Buy De Avonden by Gerard Reve (ISBN: ) from Amazon’s Book Store. Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible orders. The Evenings, by Gerard Reve, translated from the Dutch, De Avonden, by Sam Garrett, published by Pushkin Press, London, Jan. 31

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Legendary debut novel that saw its international breakthrough 70 years after its original release. On 1 NovemberGerard Reve published what was to become one of the classics of Dutch literature. Set during the last ten dark days ofthe story revolves around Frits van Egters, a young man who lives at home with his parents, whom he finds annoying and embarrassing.


He avoids them by visiting friends, whom he provokes and challenges, and by withdrawing into his bedroom, where he finds comfort with his favourite cuddly toy, a avnoden to which he devotes near-erotic attention. Despite being weighed down by guilt, avondeh and cynicism, young Frits has gerrd sharp eye for absurd and poignant details, combined with a fascination for death and decay. He delights in reminding his brother, who is only a couple of years older, that his hairline is already receding.

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The Evenings is peppered with such dark humour and has been declared the ultimate book on the art of boredom. When it was first gerrard, The Evenings shocked many of the conservative critics of the s.

But the novel became a classic and has continued to appeal egrard new generations, retaining its eloquent impact to this day. Reve himself is not around to enjoy the acclaim, but he would probably have echoed the words of his protagonist, expressed in the legendary closing sentence of The Evenings: Not only a masterpiece but a cornerstone manque of modern European literature.


A masterwork of comic pathos. The novel is dark, funny, unsettling and lingers vividly in the mind. Hats off to Pushkin Press and the outstanding translator, Sam Garrett, for making gerzrd odd, orphaned masterpiece available at last to an English-speaking readership. A novel as funny as it is painful.

Gerard Reve De avonden. Tim Parks, The Guardian. Eileen Battersby, The Irish Times.

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