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ISBN-10: 1782274596
ISBN-13: 9781782274599
Publisher: Pushkin Press
Publish Date: 03/17/2020
Dimensions: 7.80" L, 5.10" W, 0.40" H

Childhood: Two Novellas

Translator: Sam Garret

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Price: $14.95

Overview

From the author of the hit The Evenings – two classic novellas that are considered among Gerard Reve’s best work

There will be a club. Important messages have been sent already. If anybody wants to ruin it, he will be punished.

Eleven-year-old Elmer inhabits a childhood of superstition, private lore and secret societies that only certain friends can join (and of which he is always president). When a new boy, pale, spindly Werther, arrives in the neighbourhood, a subtle game of fascination and persecution begins.

In wartime Amsterdam, a young boy watches as Germans occupy the city. At first his parents’ friends, the Boslowits family, think they have little to fear. Then, slowly, terribly, their fate is sealed.

In these two haunting novellas from the acclaimed author of The Evenings, the world of childhood, in all its magic and strangeness, darkness and cruelty, is evoked with piercing wit and dreamlike intensity. Here, the things seen through a child’s eyes are far from innocent.

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Profoundly unsettling and haunt[s] the mind for long afterwards. – Sunday Times, Books of the Year

These two posthumously published novellas show he was capable of enormous and often unsettling power. – Observer

Enthralling... tales of the joys and pains of life that linger in the mind. – Financial Times

Reve [has the ability]... to wring menace out of things left unsaid. – Daily Mail

Expertly translated. – The National

In a distinctive voice that captures childish incomprehension while still conveying what is missed by the still immature mind, the two words collected in Childhood are dark and even unpleasant, but both strong and impressive. – Asymptote Journal

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ISBN-10: 1782274596
ISBN-13: 9781782274599
Publisher: Pushkin Press
Publish Date: 03/17/2020
Dimensions: 7.80" L, 5.10" W, 0.40" H
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