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The Twin

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The Twin by Gerbrand Bakker
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WINNER OF THE 2010 INTERNATIONAL IMPAC DUBLIN LITERARY AWARD

SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2007 LIBRIS LITERATURE PRIZE

When his twin brother dies in a car accident, Helmer is obliged to return to the small family farm. He resigns himself to taking over his brother’s role and spending the rest of his days ‘with his head under a cow’.

After his old, worn-out father has been transferred upstairs, Helmer sets about furnishing the rest of the house according to his own minimal preferences. ‘A double bed and a duvet’, advises Ada, who lives next door, with a sly look. Then Riet appears, the woman once engaged to marry his twin. Could Riet and her son live with him for a while, on the farm?

The Twin is an ode to the platteland, the flat and bleak Dutch countryside, with its ditches and its cows and its endless grey skies.

Ostensibly a novel about the countryside, as seen through the eyes of a farmer, The Twin is, in the end, about the possibility or impossibility of taking life into one’s own hands. It chronicles a way of life that has resisted modernity, is culturally apart, and yet is riven with a kind of romantic longing.

This prize-winning, best-selling Dutch novel, with its powerful sense of place, brooding atmosphere, and strong characters, brings to mind writers such as Graham Swift, Annie Proulx, and Cormac McCarthy.

PRAISE FOR GERBRAND BAKKER

‘It's an elegant, spare and psychologically astute evocation of rural life, its desolation balanced by quiet humour.’ The Age

‘Loneliness, combined with the beauty of the landscape, creates an atmosphere of inchoate yearning.’ The Guardian

Scribe Publications Pty Ltd; September 2008
ISBN 9781921942655
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Title: The Twin
Author: Gerbrand Bakker; David Colmer
 
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