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The Twin

(2008)
A novel by

 
Awards
International IMPAC Dublin Literary Awards Best Novel

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


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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Hardback Editions

March 2009 : USA Hardback
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
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
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
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
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
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
Title: The Twin (Rainmaker Translations)
Author(s): Gerband Bakker
Publisher: Archipelago
Availability: Amazon   

September 2008 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
Title: The Twin
Author(s): Gerbrand Bakker
Publisher: Vintage Digital
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