Exploring life in a restrictively religious home through the eyes of ten-year-old Jas, Rijneveld's International Booker Prize-winning debut carries its heavy themes with confidence, in wildly beautiful prose.
Winner of the International Booker 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.
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 240 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 17 mm
'Rijneveld’s prose combines the formality of ceremony with a startlingly uninhibited obsession over the bodily functions of animals and humans living in uneasy proximity to each other' - The Financial Times
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