About the Book
*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)
'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.
Winner of the International booker Prize 2020, Marieke Lucas Rijneveld's sensationall debut novel is 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 (b. 1991) grew up in a Reformed farming family in North Brabant before moving to Utrecht. One of the most exciting new voices in Dutch literature, their poetry collection, Calfskin, was awarded the C. Buddingh' Prize for best poetry debut in 2015, with the newspaper de Volkskrant calling them literary talent of the year. In 2018, Atlas Contact published their first novel, The Discomfort of Evening, which was a national bestseller as well as being nominated for the Libris Literature Prize and winning the prestigious ANV Debut Prize. The UK edition won the 2020 International Booker Prize. Alongside their writing career, Rijneveld works on a dairy farm.
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