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Childhood: Two Novellas by Gerard Reve
Pushkin Press

Childhood: Two Novellas by Gerard Reve

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Trade paperback format.  Translated by Sam Garret.

From the author of the hit The Evenings – two classic novellas that are considered among Gerard Reve’s best work

There will be a club. Important messages have been sent already. If anybody wants to ruin it, he will be punished.

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.

In wartime 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 two 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.