‘Let Us No Longer Express Ourselves in a Local Patois’

Gerard Reve and England Looking back, we cannot imagine Dutch literature of the second half of the twentieth century without great writers such as Willem Frederik Hermans and Gerard Reve. However, when these writers were at the beginning of their careers in around 1950, they found themselves confronted with a literary atmosphere in which they…

The Containment of Chaos

The Work of Gerard Reve A dalliance with the English language nearly caused the Dutchman Gerard Reve to become an English writer. In 1951 the Dutch government awarded him a travel grant to write his novella Melancholy (Melancholia), but when the Minister for Culture got wind of the fact that the book contained a masturbation…