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The Resource The evenings, Gerard Reve; Translated by Sam Garrett

The evenings, Gerard Reve; Translated by Sam Garrett

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The evenings
Title
The evenings
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Gerard Reve; Translated by Sam Garrett
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  • eng
  • dum
  • eng
Summary
'I work in an office. I take cards out of a file. Once I have taken them out, I put them back in again. That is it.' Twenty-three-year-old Frits - office worker, daydreamer, teller of inappropriate jokes - finds life absurd and inexplicable. He lives with his parents, who drive him mad. He has terrible, disturbing dreams of death and destruction. Sometimes he talks to a toy rabbit. This is the story of ten evenings in Frits's life at the end of December, as he drinks, smokes, sees friends, aimlessly wanders the gloomy city streets and tries to make sense of the minutes, hours and days that stretch before him. Darkly funny and mesmerising, The Evenings takes the tiny, quotidian triumphs and heartbreaks of our everyday lives and turns them into a work of brilliant wit and profound beauty. "The funniest, most exhilarating novel about boredom ever written. If The Evenings had appeared in English in the 1950s, it would have become every bit as much a classic asOn the Road and The Catcher in the Rye." Herman Koch, author of The Dinner "Unlike John Williams, Gerard Reve's work was critically acclaimed and sold exceptionally well during his lifetime. But, just like Stoner, The Evenings is brilliantly written, and has a maximum impact on the reader's soul." Oscar van Gelderen, the Dutch publisher who rediscovered John Williams's Stoner "Very funny and strange...Reve is a writer who may yet 'catch on' in the Anglophone world" Lydia Davis, winner of the Man Booker International Prize Gerard Reve (1923-2006) is considered one of the greatest post-war Dutch authors, and was also the first openly gay writer in the country's history. A complicated and controversial character, Reve is also hugely popular and critically acclaimed- his 1947 debut The Evenings was chosen as one of the nation's 10 favourite books by the readers of a leading Dutch newspaper while the Society of Dutch Literature ranked it as the Netherlands' best novel of all time
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Gerard Reve (1923-2006) is considered one of the greatest post-war Dutch authors, and was also the first openly gay writer in the country's history. A complicated and controversial character, Reve is also hugely popular and critically acclaimed- his 1947 debut The Evenings was chosen as one of the nation's 10 favourite books by the readers of a leading Dutch newspaper while the Society of Dutch Literature ranked it as the Netherlands' best novel of all time.
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Reve, Gerard
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novels
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Garrett, Sam
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  • General
  • Fiction in Translation
  • Amsterdam (Netherlands)
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general
Label
The evenings, Gerard Reve; Translated by Sam Garrett
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Publication
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Hardback
Control code
9781782271789
Dimensions
20x13 cm.
Extent
320 p.
Isbn
9781782271789
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Specific material designation
regular print
Label
The evenings, Gerard Reve; Translated by Sam Garrett
Publication
Note
Hardback
Control code
9781782271789
Dimensions
20x13 cm.
Extent
320 p.
Isbn
9781782271789
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Specific material designation
regular print

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