From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
Gerard Kornelis van het Reve (born December 14, 1923 in Amsterdam, Netherlands – died April 8, 2006 in Zulte, Belgium) was a Dutch writer publishing first under the names Simon van het Reve, Darger Taveherven (an anagram) and his official name, although he became known as Gerard Reve. Together with W.F. Hermans and Harry Mulisch, he is considered one of the "Great Three" of Dutch post-war literature. His 1981 novel De vierde man was the basis for Paul Verhoeven's 1983 film.
Reve was one of the first public homosexuals in the Netherlands. He often wrote explicitly about intercourse between men, which many readers considered to be shocking. Another often-used theme was religion. Reve himself declared that the primary message in all of his work was salvation from the world of matter in which we live.