The Evenings by Gerard Reve
Trade paperback format. Translated by Sam Garret.
THE FIRST ENGLISH TRANSLATION OF A POSTWAR MASTERPIECE
‘I work in an office. I take cards out of a file. Once I have taken them out, I put them back in again. That is it.’
Twenty-three-year-old Frits – office worker, daydreamer, teller of inappropriate jokes – finds life absurd and inexplicable. He lives with his parents, who drive him mad. He has terrible, disturbing dreams of death and destruction. Sometimes he talks to a toy rabbit.
This is the story of ten evenings in Frits’s life at the end of December, as he drinks, smokes, sees friends, aimlessly wanders the gloomy city street and tries to make sense of the minutes, hours and days that stretch before him.
Darkly funny and mesmerising, The Evenings takes the tiny, quotidian triumphs and heartbreaks of our everyday lives and turns them into a work of brilliant wit and profound beauty.