Edgy, mesmerising, darkly ironical: this one-of-a kind novel tells the story of ten evenings in the life of Frits van Egters - a disillusioned young man, walking the streets of post-war Amsterdam. The young protagonist's aimlessness and ennui belie the extraordinary wit and beauty of this powerful piece of outsider fiction, which has been voted one of the greatest novels of all time by Dutch readers.
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 as On 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' 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.