Marieke Lucas Rijneveld wins the International Booker Prize 2020

Marieke Lucas Rijneveld has been selected the winner of this year’s Man Booker International Prize for their debut novel, The Discomfort of Evening. Dutch author Rijneveld and English-language translator Michele Hutchison will share equally in the £50,000 prize.

A bestselling sensation in the Netherlands, The Discomfort of Evening is a highly original and extraordinary portrait of a family distorted by grief. 10-year-old 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.

Ted Hodgkinson, chair of the 2020 Man Booker International Prize judging panel, says: ‘Combining a disarming new sensibility with a translation of singular sensitivity, The Discomfort of Evening is a tender and visceral evocation of a childhood caught between shame and salvation, and a deeply deserving winner of The 2020 International Booker Prize.’’

At 29, Rijneveld is the youngest author to win The International Booker Prize and already an award-winning novelist and poet in the Netherlands. Similar to the character Jas in their fiction, Rijneveld grew up in a strict religious community in a rural area and lost their brother as a child. They continue to work on a dairy farm today, alongside their writing.

Hutchison, who shares equally in the award money as translator, is a prominent translator of Dutch literature and also translated from French. A former commissioning editor from various publishing houses, ahe was born in England but now resides in the Netherlands.

The Man Booker International Prize is awarded every year for a single book, which is translated into English and published in the UK. Read more about the Prize here.

The Discomfort of Evening

The Discomfort of Evening

Marieke Lucas Rijneveld, Michele Hutchison

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