Joe Dunthorne writes:
I n 1963, the novelist Gerard Reve became the first openly gay public figure in the Netherlands. By the end of the decade, it was known that he lived with two friends in an open relationship and had a fetish that he called ‘Revism’ (it involved seducing a younger man in order to offer him to an older one for love and torture). During the same period, when many of his generation were moving away from religion, Reve converted to Catholicism. He saw no paradox here. Or perhaps it would be more accurate to say that he denied the paradox by writing a series of semi-autobiographical novels in which he tried to synthesise the contradictory parts of his life. One of them, Nader tot U or ‘Nearer to Thee’ (1965), resulted in his being tried for blasphemy. The offending passage begins:
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