Not a Cheerful Science

The Unrelenting World-Picture of Willem Frederik Hermans I must have been fourteen or fifteen when I informed my mother that I had now read all of juvenile literature. The school library I had exhausted; the bookshelves at home I had already utterly devoured. I had even read my father’s books, admittedly numerous but with only…

The Message of Meaninglessness

The Books of Willem Frederik Hermans Just as an entire generation of Americans and Europeans can recall where they were and what they were doing when they heard that John F. Kennedy had been shot, or that the Berlin Wall was coming down, so the death of Willem Frederik Hermans gave rise to reminiscences from…