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Books to read: Discomfort of the evening Marieke Lucas Rijneveld.

Updated: Oct 4, 2020

Marieke Lucas Rijneveld wins International Booker for The Discomfort of Evening

The 29-year-old Dutch author Marieke Lucas Rijneveld has become the youngest author ever to win the International Booker prize, taking the award for their “visceral and virtuosic” debut novel, The Discomfort of Evening.

A bestseller in the Netherlands, Marieke Lucas Rijneveld’s radical debut novel The Discomfort of Evening offers readers a rare vision of rural and religious life in the Netherlands. In it, they ask: In the absence of comfort and care, what can the mind of a child invent to protect itself? And what happens when that is not enough? With stunning psychological acuity and images of haunting, violent beauty, Rijneveld has created a captivating world of language unlike any other.

Who is this #remarkable woman ?

Marieke Lucas Rijneveld (born 20 April 1991, in Nieuwendijk, Netherlands) is a Dutch writer.

Rijneveld won the 2020 the International Booker Prize together with their translator Michele Hutchinson for the debut novel The Discomfort of Evening. Rijneveld is the first Dutch author to win the prize and only the third Dutch author to be nominated, after Tommy Wieringa (long listed in 2019) and Harry Mulisch (shortlisted in 2007).



  • Kalfsvlies, 2015 (English: Calf's caul, excerpts from which were translated into English by Sarah Timmer Harvey and shortlisted for Asymptote magazine's 'Close Approximations' translation contest in 2017).

  • Fantoommerrie, 2019 (English: Phantom Mare)


  • De avond is ongemak, published in English as The Discomfort of Evening, translated by Michele Hutchison (Faber & Faber) ISBN 9780571349364.



  • Shortlisted in April 2020 for the International Booker Prize, and announced the winner in August 2020, for The Discomfort of Evening, translated by Michele Hutchison.

  • Kalfsvlies, awarded the C. Buddingh’ Prize for best Dutch-language poetry debut in 2015.

  • De avond is ongemak, awarded the ANV Debutantenprijs, the prize for best debut novel in Dutch, in 2019.

Pic by Marieke Lucas Rijneveld.

Source by bol and wikipedia.


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