AUTHOR : MARIEKE LUCAS RIJNEVELD
Dutch author Marieke Lucas Rijneveld (on the left in pic) became the youngest author to win the Booker International Prize at the age of 29. Rijneveld, who prefers they or them pronouns for their non-binary identity, won the Booker International Prize 2020 for their debut novel 'The Discomfort of Evening'. Originally published in Dutch in 2018, the book is translated into English by Michele Hutchison. Set in rural Netherlands of the early 2000s, 'The Discomfort of Evening' follows the story of a young girl Jas (aged 10) as she loses her older brother in an accident. The grief of the sudden death is so brutal that her family slowly disintegrates. While her parents become distant and depressed, her other siblings are left on their own to explore life and sexuality as they approach puberty. Meanwhile, Jas' growing curiosity leads to her increasingly disturbing fantasies. The book is inspired from the author's own experience of losing a brother when she was quite young. 'The Discomfort of Evening' is a bestseller in the Netherlands and it is also being translated into other languages. While 'The Discomfort of Evening' is Rijneveld's first novel, they have also written two poetry collections previously.