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The Twin

Condition: BRAND NEW
ISBN: 9781935744047
Author(s): Gerbrand Bakker
Format: Paperback
Year: 2010
Publisher: Archipelago Books
Dimensions: 156 x 179 x 26 (w x l x h)
Pages: 343
Series: Rainmaker Translations

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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

A Powell's Indiespensable Pick

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

"The charm of Bakker's book is how finely every element is balanced, how perfectly the story is paced. . . . Relish its beautifully turned observations."—"The New York Review of Books"

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. 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 the woman who had once been engaged to marry Helmer's 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" poses difficult questions about solitude, intimacy, and the possibility of taking life into one's own hands. It chronicles a way of life that has resisted modernity, a world removed yet laden with familiar longing.

Gerbrand Bakker studied Dutch historical linguistics and worked on nature films before becoming a gardener. "The Twin" appeared
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