The Discomfort of Evening


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$16.00  $14.72
Graywolf Press
Publish Date
August 18, 2020
5.5 X 8.1 X 0.9 inches | 0.88 pounds
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About the Author

Marieke Lucas Rijneveld grew up in a Reformed farming family in North Brabant before moving to Utrecht. She is also the author of two poetry collections. In addition to writing, Rijneveld works on a dairy farm.


"Impressive. . . . It is the strange, haunting observations through which the child, Jas, tries to make sense of the grown-up world that gives this novel of grief its particular power. A book to read--and to remember."--The Economist

"The effects of the unspeakable grief felt by 10-year-old Jas' family after the death of her beloved older brother are explored in painful and painstaking detail in this startling debut novel. . . . Rijneveld's extraordinary narrator describes a small world of pain which is hard to look at and harder to ignore."--Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"Rijneveld's International Booker Prize-shortlisted debut is not a novel for those expecting triumphal outcomes. Readers who can persist through the agonies of a family falling apart, however, will find their breath taken away by Rijneveld's prose as filtered through Hutchison's deft translation."--Booklist, starred review

"Rijneveld's head-turning debut, a bestseller in their native Netherlands and a Booker International Prize nominee, puts a contemporary spin on classic wrath-of-God literature. . . . the translation's soaring lyricism offers mercy for the reader."--Publishers Weekly

"An intensely raw, memorable debut . . . . There is a bold beauty to the book, which for all its modernity seems to be set in a different age of automatic religious belief: the immensity and mystery of the universe coexisting alongside the claustrophobic community of farm, church and school. By using Jas's everyday world as a metaphor for loneliness and fear, Rijneveld has created something exceptional."--Financial Times (UK)

"The most talked-about debut novel of 2020 already. . . . Absolutely compelling. . . . Brutal and vivid."--Dazed (UK)

"Translator Michele Hutchison deftly switches between registers and gives Jas a strong, unique voice . . . [with] poetic, mannered language, realistic bleakness and descent into surreal darkness."--The Guardian (UK)

"Remarkable. . . . Confident in its brutality, yet contained rather than gratuitous, [The Discomfort of Evening] introduces readers to both a memorably off-key narrator and a notable new talent."--The Observer (UK)

"Thanks to a fine translation by Michele Hutchison, English readers can experience the novel's heady imagery and sensory language . . . . A visceral portrait of a devout family dealing with grief and the result is both haunting and beautiful."--Monocle (UK)

"The electricity in this book comes from the use of that blank narrative style to deliver a sort of Grand Guignol grotesquerie."--The Times (UK)

"Rijneveld's language renders the world anew, revealing the shocks and violence of early youth through the prism of a Dutch dairy farm. The strangeness of a child looking at the strangeness of the world."--International Booker Prize judges' citation

"A moving yet unsentimental reflection on solitude in the face of loss, nature, authority--and oneself. Rijneveld's gorgeous, almost tactile prose brings to life, with unforgiving precision, the fears and fantasies haunting a wrecked childhood. A relentless, delicately devastating novel."--Hernan Diaz

"One of the best debut novels I have ever read. Shockingly good. Utterly unforgettable. . . . It's a classic."--Max Porter

"Rijneveld takes us into the bleak Dutch countryside, into a family's grief, and inside the mind of a girl who is in hiding from her own life. This beautiful, strange novel is filled with sentences that stopped me dead."--Chris Power