*WINNER OF THE BOOKER INTERNATIONAL PRIZE 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

Marieke Lucas Rijneveld - The Discomfort Of Evening

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