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THE TWIN

Bakker, Gerbrand

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ISBN 10: 0980033020 / ISBN 13: 9780980033021
Published by Archipelago Books, 2009
Condition: NF/NF; Hardback Hardcover
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8vo 8" - 9" tall; 343 pages; Translated from the Dutch by David Colmer. Limited First Edition comprised of 850 numbered copies signed by the author and translator on rear dust jacket. No. 527 of 850. Near Fine condition with Near Fine . Bookseller Inventory # 36832

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Title: THE TWIN

Publisher: Archipelago Books

Publication Date: 2009

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:NF/NF; Hardback

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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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 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 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 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 ultimately poses difficult questions about solitude and the possibility of taking life into one’s 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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Gerbrand Bakker studied Dutch historical linguistics and worked as a subtitler for nature films before becoming a gardener. His previous books include an etymological dictionary for children and the young adult novel Perenbomen bloeien wit (Pear trees bloom white). The Twin appeared in Dutch in 2006 and was awarded the Golden Dog-Ear, a prize for the bestselling literary debut in the Netherlands. David Colmer is a writer and translator. He translates Dutch literature in a wide range of genres including literary fiction, nonfiction, children’s books, and poetry. He is a two-time winner of the David Reid Poetry Translation Prize, most recently for Gerrit Achterberg’s poem "The Poet as a Cow."

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