The Discomfort of Evening (Paperback)
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The Discomfort of Evening (Paperback)

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Paperback 288 Pages / Published: 24/09/2020
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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
ISBN: 9780571349371
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 229 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 17 mm
Edition: Main


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'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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“Disturbing...”

Disturbing, and not in a creepy horror way, I mean in a, " I didnt want those thoughts and images ever to enter my brain" way. The amazing writing and some of the best descriptions I've ever read did... More

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Minty

“A book that has made it's way to my top 10 reads!!”

‘I’ve discovered that there are two ways of losing your belief: some people lose God when they find themselves; some people lose God when they lose themselves.’

After the death of their eldest son Matthies, Jas’... More

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“International Booker prize winner 2020”

I didn’t think I’d like this one as much as I did, it certainly caught me by surprise.

It’s a fantastically written dark and very controversial story of a family’s loss, hardship and a disconnection from social... More

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