Gerard Reve

The most widely read book by Gerard Reve (1923-2006) remains his debut 'De Avonden' (The Evenings, 1947), but the controversial, epistolary novels 'Op weg naar het einde' (On My Way to the End, 1963) and 'Nader tot U' (Nearer to Thee, 1966), with their frank discussion of homosexuality and the author’s conversion to Catholicism, were instrumental in establishing Gerard Reve as a public figure in the Netherlands.


Over the years he published a large series of autobiographical epistolary books, and several novels: Oud en eenzaam (Old and Lonely, 1978), Moeder en Zoon (Mother and Son, 1980), Bezorgde Ouders (Parents Worry, 1989). Reve was awarded the P.C. Hooft Prize in 1968 and the Dutch Literature Prize (Prijs der Nederlandse Letteren) in 2001.

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