Congratulations to The Discomfort of Evening, the 2020 winner of the International Booker Prize!
The International Booker Prize is awarded annually to the best international novel that has been translated and published in English within the UK or Ireland. Past winners include Jokha Alharthi, Olga Tokarczuk, and David Grossman.
Written by Marieke Lucas Rijneveld and translated by Michele Hutchison, the novel follows the story of Jas, a member of a religious family, who one day wishes ill upon her brother. When tragedy strikes and her brother disappears on a ski trip, Jas descends into madness, imagining disturbing scenarios that threaten her family ties.
Rijneveld’s debut novel was originally published in Dutch and was translated by Hutchison, who captures the striking and moving story with incredible detail. In addition to The Discomfort of Evening, which won the Booker International Prize and the ANV Debutantenprijs–a Dutch prize awarded yearly to the best debut novel– Rijneveld won awards for their poetry, including the C. Buddingh’-prijs (C. Buddingh’ Prize, in English) for the best Dutch language debut poetry collection.