By Rijneveld, Marieke LucasTranslated by Hutchison, Michele
I thought about being too small for so much, but that no one told you when you were big enough, how many centimetres on the doorpost that was, and I asked God if he please couldn't take my brother Matthies instead of my rabbit. 'Amen.' Ten year old Jas lives with her devout famil...y in the rural Netherlands. The Bible is the most important thing in their lives. One winter's day, Jas's older brother Matthies joins an ice skating trip near the farm; resentful at being left alone, she makes a perverse plea to God; and he never returns. As grief ripples through the family, warping everyday life in strange ways that threaten to derail them all, Jas retreats into disturbing fantasies. Guilty and agonised, she watches as the family disintegrates around her into ever-increasing darkness. Studded with astonishing poetic images - violent, raw and surreal - The Discomfort of the Evening lays everything bare with magnetic intensity. It is a reading experience unlike any other.Read more
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Marieke Lucas Rijneveld (b. 1991) grew up in a Reformed farming family in North Brabant before moving to Utrecht. One of the greatest new voices in Dutch literature, their first poetry collection, Calfskin, was awarded the C. Buddingh' Prize for best poetry debut in 2015, with the newspaper de Volkskrant naming them literary talent of the year. In 2018, Atlas Contact published their first novel, The Discomfort of Evening, which won the prestigious ANV Debut Prize and was a national bestseller. Alongside their writing career, Rijneveld works on a dairy farm. Michele Hutchison was born in the UK and has lived in Amsterdam since 2004. After a stint as an editor, she became a literary translator from Dutch. Her translations include the bestselling An American Princess by Annejet van der Zijl, Mona in Three Acts by Griet op de Beeck and Seaweed by Miek Zwamborn - and most recently, The Discomfort of Evening by Marieke Lucas Riijneveld. She is also co-author of The Happiest Kids in the World.
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