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The twin
Bakker, Gerbrand, 1962-
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Boven is het stil. English
First Archipelago Books edition.
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Brooklyn, NY : Archipelago Books : Distributed by Consortium Books Sales and Distribution, 2009.
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343 pages ; 19 cm
When his twin brother dies in a car accident, Helmer is obliged to return from university life 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 to have him out of the way as he sparsely redecorates the downstairs, finally making it his own. Then one day Riet, the woman who had once been engaged to marry Helmer s twin, appears and asks if she and her troubled eighteen-year-old son could come to live with them on the farm. Ostensibly a novel about the countryside, The Twin is ultimately about the possibility or impossibility 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 romantic longing. --Publisher.
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"Rainmaker translations"--Jacket.

"First published in the Netherlands as Boven is het stil by Cossess, Amsterdam, 2006"--T.p. verso.
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