The International Booker Prize 2020 winner is The Discomfort of Evening by Marieke Lucas Rijneveld. It has been translated from the Dutch by Michele Hutchison.
The world of Literature and Arts is a fascinating place. Literature is a world that carries the entire universe within itself. It has immense power and capacity that it can take you to places unknown, time untraceable and people you could not have ever met. And, writers are those who create these myriads worlds of fiction in the realm of literature. Writers are human beings who dare to weave a new story, give rise to a new place and create new people.
These extraordinary beings need to be celebrated and appreciated for their work of expansion of the human mind and adding sparkle to the cosmic dust that all of us are.
One of the most popular and respected accolades in the arena of literature is the Booker Prize. It began in 1969. The Man Booker Prize is given to a fiction novel in the English language which has been published in England.
Later, a prize was set to be given to an author whose work is generally available in translation in the English language. It was given in two years. Finally, on July 7th 2015, the Booker Prize Foundation declared that the International Booker Prize would come into existence and it would be given annually to a book written in a foreign language and translated into English.
Which book got The International Booker Prize 2020?
The book has to be published in England. In this category, both novels and short stories are allowed. A total amount of 50,000 Euros prize money is shared equally between the writer and the translator. The International Booker Prize caters to a pool of global intelligent readers of the finest fiction.
The International Booker Prize 2020 was awarded recently on 26th August, 2020. A long list of 13 Books were selected for the respectable accolade. Further, a total of six books were shortlisted to the Booker on 2nd April, 2020.
It was the 26th of August that saw the results being declared . The International Booker Prize 2020 winner is The Discomfort of Evening by Marieke Lucas Rijneveld. It has been translated from the Dutch by Michele Hutchison. It is the debut novel of this young writer.
The storyline focuses on Jay who belongs to a farming family in Netherlands. On a winter’s day , her older brother goes for an ice skating trip without her. This annoys her and she makes a plea to the God praying that her brother might never return. What follows is a dark, disturbing plot.
Consequently, Marieke Lucas Rijneveld is now the youngest writer who has got the Booker Prize. The Discomfort of Evening is a story to read . And, the wildly ‘mazing translation by Michele Hutchison is the best delightful icing on the cake.