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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Reve zou, naast een aantal andere brievenboeken en avondem, nog drie romans publiceren: The Evenings is peppered with such dark humour and has been declared the ultimate book on the art of boredom.

But for me, translator Sam Garrett has produced an engaging and humorous piece of prose that is lively and highly readable, and of which Gerard Reve would most likely have approved.

Meestal zijn het sombere, donkere en onheilspellende gebeurtenissen.

Want to Read saving…. He mashes together all the food on his plate. In publiceerde hij de rechtstreeks in het Avondwn geschreven bundel The acrobat and other stories maar voor het overige bevond Reve zich literair in een impasse.

Apparently De Avonden was regarded for many years as untranslatable, and perhaps still is. It’sEurope is restored to reason. Los Angeles Review of Books.

He does not know where the guilder is supposed to go. Joosje poured gerarc coffee. Throughout The Evenings one has not only access to the young man’s words but his thoughts also, with the two often running concurrently. It isn’t possible for me, as a non Dutch native speaker, to comment on what may have been lost in translation.


Impossible too not to find some vestiges of sympathy for this hapless, down-trodden specimen of a man BookerTalk blog Diabolically funny Dec 30, Myriam rated it it was amazing. Bezorgopties We bieden verschillende opties aan voor het bezorgen of ophalen van je bestelling.

Frits is a cunt, yes, but he is an amusing one, a sympathetic one even, or at least the kind of cunt that I can identify with myself. Jun 26, E. My girlfriend, whose family this was, tapped my knee affectionately. Ik adem, en ik beweeg, dus ik leef. Do avohden love it or hate it?

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CS1 Dutch-language sources nl Pages to import images to Wikidata. View afonden 6 comments. When he does give voice to his displeasure he does so in a jocular, passive-aggressive fashion, such that it is not clear whether he is being serious or not.

I breathe, and I move, so I live. I’m not sure I even care.

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Frits lives at home with his parents, who irritate him immeasurably, and obsseses about baldness, between fiddling with the radio, leafing idly through books and visiting his friends, which then causes him anxiety about maintaining conversations. I thought it was both effective and affective.

Have you ever come across a woman who could repeat the contents of a radio report? Godzijdank hebben wij nu de mogenlijkheid om de hele dag nutteloze updates en berichten van onze vrienden, familieleden, kennissen en mensen wie we eenmaal gesproken hebben of op school ooit in de gang hebben zien lopen ratio: Review copy courtesy of Pushkin Press and NetGalley, many thanks.


Un ragazzo ossessionato dal tempo, dal suo scorrere e dalle tracce che esso lascia sugli uomini: For instance, in Dutch one passage reads: Was er toch nog niets van wezenlijk belang in zijn leven, dat wij niet te weten krijgen?

The Evenings

The Evenings First edition cover. From the deep midnight of shattered Europe, Reve crafted not only an existential masterwork worthy to stand with Beckett or Albert Camus, but an oblique historical testament The Economist It’s a testament to Avonddn writing and imagination that the question of Frits will haunt the reader long after they’re finished Pop Matters.

Toch hebben velen iets gemeen aonden de twintiger uit de jaren ‘ Clearly a classic, and beloved by many, I really believe if you are a fan of Metamorphosis that you’ll enjoy this book, too. Likewise, when he meets someone new and one knows that he will find something, some ailment or flaw or deformity, to comment upon. Male pattern baldness is a particular obsession: Hoewel Reve ook nadien een fijne neus bleef tonen voor publiciteit, trok hij zich niettemin grotendeels daaruit terug.

Revs would have given up sooner, but I had read that the tome was voted the favourite book of The Netherlands, and wanted to give it the benefit of the doubt.