Lucas Rijneveld's radical debut novel is studded with images of wild, violent beauty: a world of language unlike any other. 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.

The 2020 International Booker Prize
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Lucas Rijneveld

Lucas Rijneveld

About the Author

One of the greatest new voices in Dutch literature, Lucas Rijneveld grew up in a farming family in North Brabant before moving to Utrecht.
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Michele Hutchison

Michele Hutchison

About the Translator

Michele Hutchison is an editor, translator and blogger. She translated Lucas Rijneveld’s The Discomfort of Evening.
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Combining a disarming new sensibility with a translation of singular sensitivity, The Discomfort of Evening is a tender and visceral evocation of a childhood caught between shame and salvation.

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2020 International Booker Prize