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Gerard Reve

Gerard Reve

Gerard Reve


Gerard Reve (1923-2006) was one of the greatest Dutch writers of the 20th century. He was born into a communist family but later in life entered the Catholic church and became a devout worshiper of the Virgin Mary, to the disbelief and ridicule of many colleagues and readers alike. He is universally known for his stately Dutch prose, his concept of 'tragic irony', the theme of homosexuality, his provocative political remarks, and his very peculiar mix of humour and sadness. Read more on Last.fm
Gerard Reve (1923-2006) was one of the greatest Dutch writers of the 20th century. He was born into a communist family but later in life entered the Catholic church and became a devout worshiper of the Virgin Mary, to the disbelief and ridicule of many colleagues and readers alike. He is universally known for his stately Dutch prose, his concept of 'tragic irony', the theme of homosexuality, his provocative political remarks, and his very peculiar mix of humour and sadness. Reve is chiefly remembered by casual readers as the author of 'De Avonden' ['The Evenings'], his 1947 debut novel, generally accepted to be one of the most important 20th century novels in Dutch. In 1991 his reading of 'De Avonden' for VPRO Radio was released as a 9-CD box set (recently reissued in an 8-CD 'edition of the people' version).

He also dabbled in poetry; his best work in this genre appeared as 'filler' in his second and last collection of traveller's letters, 'Nader Tot U' ['Nearer To Thee', 1966], which to many constitutes the pinnacle of his career. An author's reading of poems was released as an LP in 1987. There is also a 7" of him reading 4 scatological children's stories: 'Ik Bak Ze Bruiner' (1969). Read more on Last.fm.

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