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26 Mar
Marieke Lucas Rijneveld at London Review Bookshop

Due to the Coronavirus, this event has been cancelled
The Discomfort of Evening: reading and conversation between Marieke Lucas Rijneveld & Sophie Collins

News

Translator in Residence – ten days in Norwich

I’ve just started my new role as Translator in Residence, and this position encompasses so much more than just translating, as my first period of residence, ten days in Norwich, revealed.

Books

Chameleon Nachtroer

Her first English translation combines her debut volume with her second book Nachtroer (2017), its untranslatable title the name of all-night shop in Antwerp where she lives. Chameleon is a set of apparently naïve but knowingly ironic, playful and subversive poems which trace a girl’s search for a woman’s identity…

WILL

Wartime Antwerp is in the grip of Nazi occupation. Wilfried Wils, novice policeman and frustrated writer, has no intention of being a hero. He just wants to keep his head down; to pretend the fear and violence around him aren’t happening. Wavering uneasily between two worlds, Wilfried tries to survive…

Two Blankets, Three Sheets

Schiphol, 1998. Samir Karim fleed Iraq, wandered through Asia for seven years, and is now - safely in the heart of Europe - sent to an asylum center and assigned a bed in a shared dorm where he will spend the next nine years. As he navigates his way around…

The Republic

Josip Brik, pop-philosopher and professor of Hitler Studies, has died under mysterious circumstances. Now it’s up to his right-hand man, Friso de Vos, to claim Brik’s intellectual legacy for himself. But there’s more to his ambition and Friso – jealous, hypochondriac, more intelligent than what’s good for him and awkwardly…

The Blessed Rita

Paul Krüzen, the novel’s unlikely hero, is given a gift by his best friend Hedwiges: a medal of Saint Rita, the patron saint of lost causes. Like most of the men in this book, the two are solitary souls, misfits at odds with the modern world. In this majestic novel…

Malva

Malva, a precocious eight-year-old ghost, is running amok in the afterlife with a cadre of other lost children including Daniel Miller, Eduard Einstein, and Lucia, the schizophrenic daughter of James Joyce. She searches for her father, the famous poet Pablo Neruda, and wants him to know the details of her…

The Interpreter from Java

From the first sentence, which barrels ahead at a feverish pace for more than one page, this novel grabs the reader by the throat. A son compresses his father’s life in the Dutch East Indies (present-day Indonesia) into one furious eruption — everything from the atrocities of the Japanese occupation…

The Discomfort of Evening

The radical first novel by a celebrated young poet, The Discomfort of Evening was a bestseller in the Netherlands where it won the prestigious ANV Debut Prize. Set on a dairy farm, it follows a young girl called Jas whose world ruptures when her brother dies in an ice-skating accident…

It's Love We Don't Understand

It's summer and it's hot. A girl is riding in the back seat of a car between her mother and her mother's sleeping boyfriend, his dog tucked between her feet. Her brother is driving. He suddenly stops the car, gets out, and stands silently. His mother joins him. The boyfriend…

Brothers

Moeyaert recounts in forty-two stories his adventures and misadventures as the youngest of seven brothers growing up in Belgium in the late 1960s and early 1970s. In one story, he tells how it felt to watch a boat, one that he had been prevented by his brothers from boarding, sink…