The Discomfort of Evening

Marieke Lucas Rijneveld


The dark, wild winner of the International Booker Prize


Fiction > Fiction in translation

ISBN: 9780571349371

Published September 2020

288 pages


Winner of the Booker International Prize 2020

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.



“An earthy and irreverent new voice, thrillingly uninhibited” – New York Times

“Exceptional” – Financial Times

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Weight 0.4 kg
Dimensions 20 × 13 × 5 cm