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The Discomfort of Evening

Marieke Lucas Rijneveld
Translated by Michele Hutchison

*WINNER OF THE BOOKER INTERNATIONAL PRIZE 2020*: this sensational Dutch bestseller is ‘one of the best debut novels I have ever read’ (Max Porter).

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9780571349388
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03.03.2020
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Summary

*WINNER OF THE BOOKER INTERNATIONAL PRIZE 2020*
*ONE OF THE GUARDIAN’S BEST BOOKS OF 2020*

‘One of the best debut novels I have ever read. Shockingly good … A classic.’ Max Porter

The sensational
Dutch bestseller:
‘Exceptional’ (Financial Times)
Exhilarating’ (Independent)
Luminous’ (Observer)
‘Beautifully wild’ (Guardian)

I asked God if he please couldn’t take my brother Matthies instead of my rabbit. ‘Amen.’

Ten-year-old Jas has a unique way of experiencing her universe: the feeling of udder ointment on her skin as protection against harsh winters; the texture of green warts, like capers, on migrating toads; the sound of ‘blush words’ that aren’t in the Bible. But when a tragic accident ruptures the family, her curiosity warps into a vortex of increasingly disturbing fantasies – unlocking a darkness that threatens to derail them all.

A bestselling sensation in the Netherlands, Marieke Lucas Rijneveld’s radical debut novel is studded with images of wild, violent beauty: a world of language unlike any other, exquisitely captured in Michele Hutchison’s translation.

‘THE MOST TALKED ABOUT DEBUT NOVEL OF 2020 ALREADY’ [Dazed & Confused]
ONE OF VOGUE’S TOP FIVE DEBUTS OF 2020
ONE OF THE OBSERVER’S HIGHLIGHTS OF 2020
ONE OF THE GUARDIAN’S TOP TEN BEST NEW BOOKS IN TRANSLATION

Critic Reviews

One of the best debut novels I have ever read. Shockingly good. Utterly unforgettable ... A classic.

Max Porter
Critic Reviews

Few reading experiences are more thrilling than a first novel that feels urgent and original. In the past decade, Teju Cole’s Open City and Garth Greenwell’s What Belongs to You both had these qualities. The Discomfort of Evening ... belongs in this company. The story of Jas, a girl growing up on a family farm in the aftermath of her brother’s death, is as exhilarating a debut as I can remember.

Independent
Critic Reviews

Intensely raw, shockingly graphic, and memorable ... There is a bold beauty to the book, which for all its modernity seems to be set in a different age of automatic religious belief: the immensity and mystery of the universe coexisting alongside the claustrophobic community of farm, church and school. By using Jas’s everyday world as a metaphor for loneliness and fear, Rijneveld has created something exceptional.

Financial Times
Critic Reviews

The most talked-about debut novel of 2020 already ... Absolutely compelling ... Brutal and vivid.

Dazed & Confused
Critic Reviews

Translator Michele Hutchison deftly switches between registers and gives Jas a strong, unique voice ... Poetic, mannered language, realistic bleakness and descent into surreal darkness ... Compelling ... Fascinating characters and themes ...

Guardian (Book of the Day)
Critic Reviews

Rijneveld takes us into the bleak Dutch countryside, into a family's grief, and inside the mind of a girl who is in hiding from her own life. This beautiful, strange novel is filled with sentences that stopped me dead.

Chris Power
Marieke LucasRijneveld

Marieke Lucas Rijneveld (b. 1991) grew up in a Reformed farming family in North Brabant before moving to Utrecht. One of the greatest new voices in Dutch literature, their first poetry collection, Calf’s Caul, was awarded the C. Buddingh’ Prize for best poetry debut in 2015, with the newspaper de Volkskrant naming them literary talent of the year. In 2018,…

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