Karel van het Reve

Karel van het Reve (1921-1999) was a Slavist, writer and translator. From 1957 to 1983 he was professor of Slavic literature at the University of Leiden, with a break in 1967-1968 when he served as Moscow correspondent for the Dutch daily newspaper Het Parool. He was a productive essayist and a newspaper and radio columnist, as well as the author of two novels. He made his name with his History of Russian Literature from St. Vladimir to Anton Chekhov and in 1981 he was awarded the P.C. Hooft Prize for his essays.

Hours with Henk Broekhuis

Hours with Henk Broekhuis

(G.A. van Oorschot, 1978, 136 pages)

Karel van het Reve was a professor of Slavic literature, but he is mainly known as an essayist. For decades his was the voice of common sense, as he picked holes in fashionable beliefs before consigning them to the bin. He was at his best when letting fly at popular ‘truths’, whether derived from everyday life or borrowed from acknowledged authorities.

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