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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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Reina Prinsen Geerligsprijs Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. In fact, the comedy is a consequence of the repetition and the bleakness. The minimalism has to be rigorous, directed and consistent in order for it to work.

My shoes have rubber soles. Each night he dreams terrible dreams about corpses and funerals and terror. Is it the best Dutch novel of all time, or are there better ones? Welke opties voor jouw bestelling beschikbaar zijn, zie je bij het afronden van de bestelling. Then he wakes and acts as if nothing has happened.

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If you are dissatisfied with the website or any content or materials on it, your sole exclusive remedy is to ferard your use of the website. This is really not a me book. Reve maakt van de nietsheid van alledag ‘iets’: Eeve is a very funny book, in a dark and unsettling kind of way.

So while he may engage in polite[ish] small talk, we know that what he is thinking is invariably something negative. Un ragazzo ossessionato dal tempo, dal suo scorrere e dalle tracce che esso lascia sugli uomini: I found it an interesting story, as Reve writes well and the dark side of Fritz is interesting, as you wonder where it might lead, but I am not sure that it qualifies as the best Dutch novel of the twentieth century.


When his ferard argue, he is like a child who thinks if he cannot hear someone, they avondem hear him. Ze stond voor het gasstel en wees achter zich op het aanrecht.

Hoewel ik veel tragischere boeken heb gelezen, heeft geen van die boeken me zo kunnen deprimeren als ”De Avonden”. Dec 30, Myriam rated it it was amazing. Ds A modern masterpiece, voted the best Dutch novel of all time, debut of one of the most important Dutch authors of the twentieth century first published ‘I work in an office.

Male pattern baldness is a particular obsession: When he can no longer talk to his friends or parents, he talks to a toy rabbit in his room. Omstreeks verbrak hij de zakelijke en vriendschappelijke band met Geert van Oorschot. Gerard Reve De avonden.

A masterful depiction of boredom – The Evenings by Gerard Reve

Yet he makes a heart-felt prayer for them, asking the Lord to look after them in spite of dde ordinariness. The novel was translated into English only inby Sam Garrett.

The relationship between Frits and his parents is, at least for him, one of irritation, at best, and, at worst, outright loathing. In egrard jaar werd een aanvang gemaakt met de publicatie van een Verzameld werk-uitgave, die zes delen dundruk zou omvatten.

Ontspanning zoekt hij, net als veel van zijn tijdgenoten, in bioscoopbezoek en visites bij kennissen en familie die hij bij hun samenzijn niet spaart. View all 7 comments.

This continued for herard, with all its implications, until the NGK Synod ofafter which church members, and later the Synod itself, indeclared Apartheid to be a sin rather than the will of God.


In the modern age, you can imagine Frits being the type of person who starts debates in the YouTube comments.

De avonden by Gerard Reve

Strongly recommended and i will be surprised and certainly disappointed if this does not feature prominently in the Man Booker International running. My mother threatened to have me put in hospital. Though there is never any mention of the war that has just ended the story is smothered in postwar gloom. Fritz lives with his mother and father. Omstreeks kreeg de ziekte van Alzheimer, waarvan de eerste tekenen zich kort tevoren bij hem hadden geopenbaard, hem steeds vaster in haar greep.

A little masterpiece – a provocative reminder that life goes on even in the bleakest of circumstances Los Angeles Review of Books A canonical work of postwar European fiction How long can he get out of the small apartment — if he walks slower, takes another route, can he avoid getting home early? Your email address will not be published. Dat is pas triest! We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on DutchReview.

He dishes up sugar with his dessert spoon. While it may not be a healthy way of dealing with his dissatisfaction, or boredom, one gets the impression that Frits’ provoking of Maurits is a little like poking a big, powerful dog or bungee jumping; which is to say that it is thrill seeking by virtue of dicing with danger.