Marieke Lucas Rijneveld is a name that, although now it may sound a bit distant, has been quietly gaining ground in the world and today it is already beginning to position itself in the world of literature thanks to being the youngest person (30 years) a the Booker Interna c ional , an award that recognizes the translations into English of works by authors from around the world.
But in addition to her novels and the world of books, this young woman has also been the subject of conversation due to her position regarding her sexuality , as it has set the tone and new rules regarding her own choices. She comes across as “half”.
On the occasion of her participation in the digital edition of the Hay Competition Colombia , BBC Mundo spoke with her about the creative process and the freedom to decide one's identity.
Along with her book “The Restlessness of the Night”, Marieke Lucas tells the BBC that several details of the novel are inspired by her own personal story and the way she grew up on a farm in a small people of the Netherlands, ruled under the rules of quite conservative religion.
“ The place where I grew up technology like being in another technology, the field, the church … technology like a world in itself, like a country of its own”, a situation that many times made it impossible for him to free himself from his stereotypes and only once he walked away did he become who he is.
In her own words, she identifies under the non-binary gender and does so purely at a time where the debate about sex and gender is growing strongly. “I am a person‘ in between ’, between a boy and a girl, I am both. It has been a long road ”says Marieke Lucas.
“When technology was little I behaved like a child and I was fine, there is not so much difference between children. As I grew up it became more difficult. I had to behave more ‘like a girl’ ”says the young woman about her principles on the path of self-discovery.
And in fact her name is also part of this process because, she was born under the name of Marieke Rijneveld, she says that she only “didn't fit me” and then she decided: “I thought of names and I stayed with Lucas, like my invisible childhood friend. ” Now he has a boy's and a girl's name.
Currently, although for Marieke Lucas “the environment from which I come is difficult”, she assures that the people around her give her that freedom and that for her, that is very important to be who she is. He also sends a message to all of them on the way to discovering themselves: “For the people who deal with this, I tell them that the choice is always theirs. Whether or not you want to define yourself, if you want to stay in between, is your choice. It is important to support these people ”.