Gerard Reve / Gerard Reve – Childhood

Gerard Reve – Childhood

Gerard Reve – Childhood

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  • Puskin Press (UK)



About the book

In Werther Nieland, eleven-year-old Elmer inhabits a childhood of superstition, private lore and secret societies that only certain friends can join (and of which he is always president). When a new boy – pale, spindly Werther –  arrives in the neighbourhood, a subtle game of fascination and persecution begins.

The Fall of the Boslowitz Family is set in  WWII Amsterdam. A young boy watches as Germans occupy the city. At first his parents’ friends, the Boslowits family, think they have little to fear. Then, slowly, terribly, their fate is sealed. In these haunting novellas from the acclaimed author of The Evenings, the world of childhood, in all its magic and strangeness, darkness and cruelty, is evoked with piercing wit and dreamlike intensity. Here, the things seen through a child’s eyes are far from innocent.

Praise for The Evenings:

An enfant terrible of Dutch Genius – Tim Parks, The Guardian

A masterwork of comic pathos… one of the finest studies of youthful malaise ever written - Irish Times

Every bit as much of a classic as On the Road and The Catcher in the Rye - Herman Koch, author of The Dinner

Diabolically funny… an existential masterwork worthy to stand with Beckett or Camus - The Economist


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. The first English translation of his masterpiece The Evenings shipped more than 20,000 copies in the UK and was a three-time book of the year in 2016.

(c) Eddy Posthuma de Boer

Additional book information

  • Novella
  • ISBN 9789023497998
  • Number of pages: 160
  • World rights: De Bezige Bij
  • Price: €17,99