The Discomfort of Evening – Winner International Booker Prize 2020

by Marieke Lucas Rijneveld

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Fiction

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Published by Faber & Faber

WINNER OF THE INTERNATIONAL BOOKER PRIZE 2020

Translated by Michele Hutchison
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.

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