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Childhood: Two Novellas (Hardback)
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Childhood: Two Novellas (Hardback)

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Hardback 160 Pages / Published: 01/11/2018
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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.

Publisher: Pushkin Press
ISBN: 9781782274582
Number of pages: 160
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm


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One of first five Books to Look Out For in November -- Life in Books (blog)

'In a distinctive voice that captures childish incomprehension while still conveying what is missed by the still immature mind, the two works collected in Childhood are dark and even unpleasant, but both strong and impressive.' -- Complete Review

Praise for The Evenings -


- "A masterpiece... What can I say that will put this book where it belongs, in readers' hands and minds?... Reve keeps the reader breathless right through to the grand finale - Tim Parks, Guardian

- "A masterwork of comic pathos... one of the finest studies of youthful malaise ever written... Should cause many readers to revise their opinions of The Catcher in the Rye. In all fairness to Salinger, The Evenings is so much better - Eileen Battersby, Irish Times

- "Like BS Johnson and Kafka wandering the crepuscular streets of 1940s Amsterdam together - in a good way" Alex Preston, Observer Books of the Year 2016

- "The funniest, most exhilarating novel about boredom ever written. If The Evenings had appeared in English in the 1950s, it would have become every bit as much a classic as On the Road and The Catcher in the Rye." Herman Koch, author of The Dinner

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