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The Evenings by Gerard Reve pdf book

The Evenings by Gerard Reve pdf book

The Evenings by Gerard Reve pdf book

The Evenings: A Winter’s Tale (Pushkin Collection)

Author : Gerard Reve
Publisher : Pushkin Press (January 10, 2017)
Genre : Mystery, Thriller & Suspense 

Book Review


‘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 street 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.

Editorial Reviews


“[A] dark masterpiece… a powerful story.” — The Observer

“one of the greatest post-war Dutch novels… [a] brilliant modern classic.” — Tom Chalmers, Publishers Weekly

“If The Evenings had appeared in English in the 1950s, it would have become every bit as much a classic as On the Road and The Catcher in the Rye.” — Herman Koch, the Dutch bestselling author of The Dinner

“This book, an important classic in the Netherlands and long, long overdue in English, is as funny as it is peculiar. Reve really deserves more attention in the Anglophone world.”  – Lydia Davis
“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’ Stoner

About the Author

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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