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The Discomfort of Evening

by Marieke Lucas Rijneveld - £8.99  Faber & Faber (2020)
paperback    ISBN 13: 9780571349371 | ISBN 10: 0571349374

WINNER OF THE BOOKER INTERNATIONAL 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, exquisitely captured in Michele Hutchison's translation.

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