The Discomfort of Evening

The Discomfort of Evening

I thought about being too small for so much, but that no one told you when you were big enough ... and I asked God if he please couldn't take my brother Matthies instead of my rabbit. 'Amen.'

Jas lives with her devout farming family in the rural Netherlands. One winter's day, her older brother joins an ice skating trip; resentful at being left alone, she makes a perverse plea to God; he never returns. As grief overwhelms the farm, Jas succumbs to a vortex of increasingly disturbing fantasies, watching her family disintegrate into a darkness that threatens to derail them all.

A bestselling sensation in the Netherlands by a prize-winning young poet, Marieke Lucas Rijneveld's debut novel lays everything bare. It is a world of language unlike any other, which Michele Hutchison's striking translation captures in all its wild, violent beauty. Studded with unforgettable images - visceral, raw, surreal - The Discomfort of the Evening is a radical reading experience that will leave you changed forever.

Title:The Discomfort of Evening
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780571349364
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  • Meike

    Winner of the International Booker Prize 2020In this grim, claustrophobic novel, Marieke Lucas Rijneveld masterfully evokes an increasing sense of doom - on this Dutch farm, the apocalypse is nearing....

  • Henk

    The struggle (and discomfort) is real with this winner of the Booker International Prize 2020. Very unsettling, sad and more than a tad nasty.It might sound crazy, but I miss my parents even though I ...

  • Roman Clodia

    Winner of the International Booker, 2020 ... we've lost our way and there's no-one to ask for directions It's become a reviewer's cliché to describe a book as 'dark', but wow, this one deserves the...

  • Adina (taking a break from literary fiction)

    Edit: Winner of the International Booker Prize 2020 and such a big dissapointment this is because it is the only one I could not finish. I have been debating with myself about trying to read this agai...

  • Nat K

    *** Winner of the International Booker Award 2020 **** *** Shortlisted for the International Booker Prize 2020 ***"Even though we didn't live in the South Pole, it was cold here, so cold that the lake...

  • Paul Fulcher

    The rightful winner of the 2020 International Booker PrizeDeath announces itself in most cases, but we’re often the ones who don’t want to see or hear it. We knew that the ice was too weak in some...

  • Prerna

    Winner of the International Booker Prize 2020The last book I read which captured the confusion and darkness of a neglected childhood as perfectly as The Discomfort Of Evening is another Booker winner ...

  • Tom Mooney

    This book is fucking disgusting. Disturbing. Needlessly graphic.It was one of my most highly anticipated books of the year but I could barely stomach certain passages. They'll haunt me for quite a whi...

  • Gumble's Yard - Golden Reviewer

    Winner of the 2020 International Booker Prize. I nod and think about the teacher who said I’d go far with my empathy and boundless imagination, but in time I’d have to find words for it because...

  • JimZ

    I felt very uncomfortable reading this novel. I wanted to just finish it so that I could be over and done with it. NOTE: I was going to give this 2 stars at outset of writing this review. I know it is...