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Amsterdam 14 Dec. 1923 - Zulte, Belgium, 8 April 2006 • Dutch poet and prose writer
photo: Vincent Menzel
|ON GERARD REVE'S BOOKSHELF|
Fathers and Sons
Ivan Turgenev, 1862
Arkady Petrovitch returns from college under the spell of a young nihilist called Bazarov, a character who shocked Arkady's father and the Russian public of 1862 with his criticisms of the traditional values of Russian society. In Bazarov, Turgenev created the prototype 'angry young man'.
Gustave Flaubert, 1862
Carthaginian mercenaries revolt after the First Punic War with Rome, led by Matho, a Libyan involved with Salammbo, priestess in the temple of the Goddess Tanit.
Nicolaas Beets (Hildebrand), 1839-1854
Journey to the End of the Night
Louis-Ferdinand Céline, 1932
The picaresque adventures of Bardamu move from the battlefields of World War I (complete with buffoonish officers and cowardly soldiers), to French West Africa, the United States, and back to France in a style of prose that's lyrical, hallucinatory, and hilariously scathing toward nearly everybody and everything. Yet, beneath it all one can detect a gentle core of idealism.
40 different authors, ca. 1450 B.C. - ca. 95 A.D.
King James, for example.
The 120 days of Sodom and other writings
Marquis de Sade, 1785, pas in 1930-1935 verschenen
'One must do violence to the object of one's desire; when it surrenders, the pleasure is greater.'
The World as Will and Representation
Arthur Schopenhauer, 1819
The German philosopher explains his thoughts about intellectual perception and abstract representation and critically analyzes Kant's ideas and teachings.
7 volumes, containing essays, short stories, aphorisms, a play, and a novel of the author's childhood, Woutertje Pieterse.
Sketches from a Hunter's Album
Ivan Turgenev, 1847-1851
The observations and anecdotes of the author during his travels through Russia satisfying his passion for hunting.
|BOOKS BY GERARD REVE:|
as "Simon van het Reve"
Christmas and New Year's in poor, post-war Amsterdam; young Frits van Egters wages a gentle but hilarious guerilla against his parents and friends.
|WHAT TO READ AFTER DE AVONDEN?|
OTHER LITERARY 'REVIANS'
[Bij nader inzien]
J.J. Voskuil, 1963
Dutch novel about student life after World War II.
Manon Uphoff, 1995
Modern fairy tales about thwarted lust and repressed violence.
THE MORNINGS, NOONS, AND NIGHTS
[Han de Wit gaat in ontwikkelingshulp]
Heere Heeresma, 1972
Parody about a Dutch family at the end of the sixties.
[De man die werk vond]
Herman Brusselmans, 1985
A Belgian librarian is plagued by boredom.
[Red ons, Maria Montanelli]
Herman Koch, 1989
A boy tells of his sad life at a Montessori school.
THE NOT VERY LIKEABLE HERO
Albert Camus, 1942
An ordinary man is unwittingly caught up in a senseless murder in Algeria.
Vladimir Nabokov, 1955
The story of Humbert Humbert and his obsession with 12-year-old Dolores Haze. Determined to possess his 'Lolita' both carnally and artistically, Humbert embarks on a disastrous courtship that can only end in tragedy.
[Ik heb altijd gelijk]
Willem Frederik Hermans, 1951
A veteran of the colonial war in Indonesia vents his anger.
THE REBELLIOUS YOUNG LAD
The Catcher in the Rye
J.D. Salinger, 1951
A 16-year old American boy relates in his own words the experiences he goes through at school and after, and reveals with unusual candour the workings of his own mind.
Sons and Lovers
D.H. Lawrence, 1913
The sexual and artistic awakening of Paul Morel, a coalminer's son.
Jean-Paul Sartre, 1938
Antoine Roquentin, an introspective historian, records the disturbing shifts in his perceptions and his struggle to restore meaning to life in a continuing present and without lies.
Saturday Night and Sunday Morning
Alan Sillitoe, 1958
Working all day at a lathe leaves Arthur Seaton with energy to spare in the evenings. A young rebel of a man, he knows what he wants and he's sharp enough to get it. Before long his meetings with a couple of married women are part of local gossip.
|[De ondergang van de familie Boslowits]|
Persecution of the Jews in Amsterdam, seen through the eyes of a young boy.
Young boy suffers under the tyranny of his crazy mother and a local bully. (Included in the collection The Dedalus Book of Dutch Fantasy.)
|[Tien vrolijke verhalen]|
|[De vierde man]|
One day in the ravaged life of the poet Hugo Treger, who sees the dire straits humanity and the world are in and who desparately searches for a way out - and for the truth.
|[Moeder en zoon]|
An autobiographical story about a young man's journey to Catholicism, which runs parallel to his love for a mysterious youth.
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