Beyond Sleep Paperback – 1 Jun 2008
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"A masterpiece of world literature" (Die Welt)
"A Kafka and Céline-inspired novel, which mixes...the black Romanticism of the 19th-century and the cold, laconic thriller art of the 20th-century" (Frankfurter Allgemeine)
"Hermans is one of the most important European authors of the second half of the twentieth century" (Cees Nooteboom) --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
A gripping tale of a man approaching breaking point set beyond the end of the civilised world: a modern classic of European literature. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.See all Product Description
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What makes this novel (and his other recently translated "The dark room of Damocles" (1958)) so good is the fact that the story has three layers: first of all it's an adventure and thus a page-turner. Secondly, it's a psychological novel, in which the main character is given a lot of depth. Last but not least: Hermans is an uncomprimising critic of modern society.
Since English is not my native language, it is hard for me to find the right words to describe the virtues of his writing, but I really think that you should give it a try. I hardly read anything but English/American literature but Hermans is one of the few Dutch writers that really do matter to me.
Hermans, considered one of the "Three Great" with Mulish and Reve, died in 1995. His view throughout his whole oeuvre was that in practice, people are born to annoy other people... which -actuality shows- is not so far from reality. However, in this book particulary, the description of his recurrent theme are not only extremely sharp but also very funny... Although a feared polemist, Hermans never let aside humour. If there is one book you should read of him, then go without fear for this masterpiece. Generally spoken, his best book is supposed to be "The Dark Room Of Damocles", which is to be reedited somewhere in 2007. To my opinion that's his second best book.