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I wrote The Evenings because I was convinced I had to write it: that seems to me a good enough reason. I hoped that ten of my friends would accept a free copy, and that twenty people would buy the book out of pity and ten others by mistake.

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“The Evenings” by Gerard Reve

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It’s been called the best Dutch novel of the 20th century, and it was just translated into English this year (apparently it caused quite the scandal). I’m loving it so far, particularly the dialogue. Sample: The gravy is exemplary,” Frits said, “It’s absolutely heavenly.” The Evenings by Gerard Reve

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