Cover of the first edition of De avonden. Gerard Reve used the pseudonym Simon van het Reve for this edition.
|Original title||De avonden, een winterverhaal|
|Publisher||De Bezige Bij|
|LC Class||PT5881.28.E9 A95 1972|
De avonden (The evenings), full title De avonden: een winterverhaal, is a 1947 novel by Gerard Reve which was his debut novel. Reve wrote the book under the pseudonym Simon van het Reve. It was released on 1 November 1947.
De avonden describes ten evenings out of the life of the 23-year-old office clerk Frits van Egters. The book is partitioned into 10 chapters, of which each describes an evening between 22 and 31 December 1946.
The novel was written very shortly after World War II. Though the war itself is hardly mentioned, the story gives, by describing an indidivual's experiences, a detailed description of contemporary post-war society which was marked by fear, boredom and loneliness.
The novel was translated into English in 2016 by Sam Garrett.
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