The Discomfort of Evening - Marieke Lucas Rijneveld
AUTHOR : Marieke Lucas Rijneveld
TRANSLATOR: Michele Hutchison (from Dutch)
GENRE : FICTION
QUICK TAKE: Winner - 2020 International Booker Prize
'A bestselling sensation in the Netherlands by a prize-winning young poet, Marieke Lucas Rijneveld’s debut novel lays everything bare. It is a world of language unlike any other, which Michele Hutchison’s striking translation captures in all its wild, violent beauty.'
Jas lives with her devout farming family in the rural Netherlands. One winter’s day, her older brother joins an ice skating trip. Resentful at being left alone, she makes a perverse plea to God; he never returns. As grief overwhelms the farm, Jas succumbs to a vortex of increasingly disturbing fantasies, watching her family disintegrate into a darkness that threatens to derail them all.
''One of the best debut novels I have ever read. Shockingly good ... A classic.'
'Exceptional' (Financial Times)
'Beautifully wild' (Guardian)
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