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Gerard Reve
(December 14, 1923 - April 8, 2006) Holland

Gerard Reve



Gerard ReveThe most famous and important Dutch gay writer, born as Gerard Kornelis van het Reve in Amsterdam, into a Communist family. After the war he became a journalist. In the 1950s Reve struggled with his work and his life. He married, but divorced and entered the gay world.

His work became explicitly homosexual and sadomasochistic. When the Minister of State denied Ree a travel grant for having written on masturbation, Rave emigrated to England in protest. There he worked as a hospital attendant and wrote a series of plays.

Back to Holland, Reve wrote his best work in the 1960s. In the late 1960s he moved to Frisia, leaving the city he hated. Since 1970 he has lived in France, in England, and once more in Holland, and has ended with his lover, "Sailor Fox", an awoved paedophile, in Belgium. A couple of his books have been made into films.

Reve has won some of the most important Dutch literary prizes. He died in Zulte, Belgium.



  • Terugkeer (1940)
  • De avonden (The evenings - 1947)
  • Werther Nieland (1949)
  • De ondergang van de familie Boslowitz (1950)
  • Nader tot u (Nearer to thee - 1966)
  • De taal der liefde (The language of love - 1972)
  • Lieve jongens (Dear boys - 1973)
  • Een circusjongen (A circus boy - 1975)
  • Oud en eenzaam (Old and lonely - 1978)
  • De vierde man (The fourth man - 1981)
  • Brieven aan Matroos Vosch (1992)
  • Het boek van Violet en Dood (The book of violet and death - 1996)
  • Met niks begonnen, correspondentie met Willem Nijholt (1997)
  • Het hijgend hert (The panting deer - 1998)
  • Verzameld werk, deel 6 (2001)
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