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"A novel of restrained tenderness and laconic humor."—J. M. Coetzee

"The charm of Bakker's book is how finely every element is balanced, how perfectly the story is paced. … The great pleasure of this novel is how it has just enough plot to allow us to relish its beautifully turned observations of birds and beasts, weather and water."—Tim Parks, The New York Review of Books

"Gerbrand Bakker's writing is so fabulously clear, so clear that each sentence leaves a rippling wake."—Los Angeles Times

"Oustanding. … Full of life and truth. … One of those rare works of fiction that everyone should read."—The Irish Times

"I just finished The Twin by Gerbrand Bakker, which is basically all about themes that I associate with crushing boredom—farmers and old, sick parents and rural areas—but I couldn't put it down. It's subtle, quiet, hilarious, cruel, beautiful, and somehow exhilarating in all of its understatement. It has a protagonist with a unique voice. It never hits a false note. It never hits a predictable note. Reading a book like that is joyous, especially when it keeps rereading itself in your head, your heart, and your life for a few days or weeks afterwards."—Elizabeth Bachner, Bookslut

Winner of the 2010 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, the largest and most international prize of its kind that involves libraries from all corners of the globe, The Twin was also a 2009 NPR pick for Best Foreign Fiction of the Year and a Powell's Indiespensable Pick.

Ostensibly a novel about the countryside, The Twin is ultimately about the possibility or impossibility of taking life into ones own hands. It chronicles a way of life that has resisted modernity, a world culturally apart yet laden with romantic longing.

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Winner of the 2010 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award

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A lyrical, deeply human account of a twin brother, now solo, finding fulfillment.

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When his twin brother is killed in a car accident, Helmer is obliged to give up university to take over his brothers role on the small family farm, resigning himself to spending the rest of his days "with his head under a cow." The novel begins thirty years later with Helmer moving his invalid father upstairs out of the way, so that he can redecorate the downstairs, finally making it his own. Then Riet, the woman who had once been engaged to marry Helmers twin, appears and asks if her troubled eighteen-year-old son could come live on the farm for a while. Ostensibly a novel about the countryside, The Twin ultimately poses difficult questions about solitude and the possibility of taking life into ones own hands. It chronicles a way of life that has resisted modernity, a world culturally apart yet laden with familiar longing.

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Winner of the 2010 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.

An NPR pick for Best Foreign Fiction of the Year, a School Library Journal Best Adult Book for High School Students and a Powells.com Indispensable Pick.

Author of TEN WHITE GEESE (Penguin, 2013)

"A novel of restrained tenderness and laconic humor."—J. M. Coetzee

"Gerbrand Bakker's writing is so fabulously clear, so clear that each sentence leaves a rippling wake."—Los Angeles Times

When his twin brother is killed in a car accident, Helmer is obliged to give up university to take over his brother's role on the small family farm, resigning himself to spending the rest of his days "with his head under a cow."

The novel begins thirty years later with Helmer moving his invalid father upstairs and out of the way so he can redecorate the downstairs, finally making it his own. Then Riet, the woman who had once been engaged to Helmer's twin, appears and asks if her troubled eighteen-year-old son could come live on the farm for a while.

The Twin poses complex questions about solitude and the possibility of taking life into one's own hands. Set in the beautiful landscape of the Dutch countryside, it chronicles a way of life that has resisted modernity, a world culturally apart yet laden with familiar longing.

Gerbrand Bakker lives in the Netherlands.

About the Author

Gerbrand Bakker (b. 1962) studied Dutch language and literature and worked as a subtitler for nature films before becoming a gardener. The Twin, his first adult novel, appeared in Dutch in 2006 and was awarded the Golden Dog-Ear, a prize for the best-selling literary debut.

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Kate T, January 1, 2011 (view all comments by Kate T)
This novel is so understatedly and tersely written, so controlled--the narrator is VERY tamped down. The narrator, a man whose twin brother died in an accident, was forced to forego his education to return to the family farm his brother was to run. Now in middle age, with just his dying ex-tyrant father as a housemate, he resolutely goes about his work with care and precision. When he receives a letter from Riet, his dead brother's former fiancee (and the driver of the car in which his brother died), he shifts out of his routines and everything begins to change. It is difficult to describe how well written this book is—how subtle, how forceful yet quiet in its impact. Just read it.
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ISBN:
9781935744047
Author:
Bakker, Gerbrand
Publisher:
Archipelago Books
Translator:
Colmer, David
Author:
Gerbrand Bakker
Author:
Colmer, David
Author:
Bakker, Gerband
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Rainmaker Translations
Publication Date:
20100731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
343
Dimensions:
7 x 5.75 in
Age Level:
from 18

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Winner of the 2010 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award

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A lyrical, deeply human account of a twin brother, now solo, finding fulfillment.

"Synopsis" by , When his twin brother is killed in a car accident, Helmer is obliged to give up university to take over his brothers role on the small family farm, resigning himself to spending the rest of his days "with his head under a cow." The novel begins thirty years later with Helmer moving his invalid father upstairs out of the way, so that he can redecorate the downstairs, finally making it his own. Then Riet, the woman who had once been engaged to marry Helmers twin, appears and asks if her troubled eighteen-year-old son could come live on the farm for a while. Ostensibly a novel about the countryside, The Twin ultimately poses difficult questions about solitude and the possibility of taking life into ones own hands. It chronicles a way of life that has resisted modernity, a world culturally apart yet laden with familiar longing.
"Synopsis" by ,

Winner of the 2010 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.

An NPR pick for Best Foreign Fiction of the Year, a School Library Journal Best Adult Book for High School Students and a Powells.com Indispensable Pick.

Author of TEN WHITE GEESE (Penguin, 2013)

"A novel of restrained tenderness and laconic humor."—J. M. Coetzee

"Gerbrand Bakker's writing is so fabulously clear, so clear that each sentence leaves a rippling wake."—Los Angeles Times

When his twin brother is killed in a car accident, Helmer is obliged to give up university to take over his brother's role on the small family farm, resigning himself to spending the rest of his days "with his head under a cow."

The novel begins thirty years later with Helmer moving his invalid father upstairs and out of the way so he can redecorate the downstairs, finally making it his own. Then Riet, the woman who had once been engaged to Helmer's twin, appears and asks if her troubled eighteen-year-old son could come live on the farm for a while.

The Twin poses complex questions about solitude and the possibility of taking life into one's own hands. Set in the beautiful landscape of the Dutch countryside, it chronicles a way of life that has resisted modernity, a world culturally apart yet laden with familiar longing.

Gerbrand Bakker lives in the Netherlands.

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