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The Twin

(2008)
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Awards
International IMPAC Dublin Literary Awards Best Novel
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 which has resisted modernity, is culturally apart, and yet riven with a kind of romantic longing.

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"A novel of restrained tenderness and laconic humour." - J M Coetzee


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March 2009 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Twin
Author(s): Gerband Bakker
ISBN: 0-9800330-2-0 / 978-0-9800330-2-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Archipelago
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May 2008 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Twin
Author(s): Gerbrand Bakker
ISBN: 1-84655-137-4 / 978-1-84655-137-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Harvill Secker
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Paperback Editions

January 2011 : Canada Paperback
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Title: The Twin (Large Print 16pt)
Author(s): Gerbrand Bakker
ISBN: 1-4596-0827-5 / 978-1-4596-0827-6 (Canada edition)
Publisher: ReadHowYouWant
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July 2010 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Twin (Rainmaker Translations)
Author(s): Gerband Bakker
ISBN: 1-935744-04-6 / 978-1-935744-04-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Archipelago
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May 2009 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Twin
Author(s): Gerbrand Bakker
ISBN: 0-09-951687-X / 978-0-09-951687-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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September 2008 : Australia Paperback
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Title: The Twin
Author(s): Gerbrand Bakker
ISBN: 1-921372-25-7 / 978-1-921372-25-4 (Australia edition)
Publisher: Scribe Publications
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Kindle Editions

July 2009 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: The Twin (Rainmaker Translations)
Author(s): Gerband Bakker
Publisher: Archipelago
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September 2008 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Twin
Author(s): Gerbrand Bakker
Publisher: Vintage Digital
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