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Interview Gerbrand Bakker

In Awards, Interviews on July 23, 2013 at 9:59 AM

Gerbrand Bakker - Eimer Wieldraaijer
PEN Atlas Editor, Tasja Dorkofikis talks to Gerbrand Bakker about his novel, The Detour (titled Ten White Geese in the US), walking in Wales for two weeks, translating Emily Dickinson and about working with his translator David Colmer.

The Twin brought you much international recognition. Was it difficult to write a new novel after winning the IMPAC? Or was it in some way liberating to know that you have that official stamp of approval?

The Detour was already finished when The Twin was awarded with the IMPAC. It came out in October of 2010 here in Holland. So: no. But: since The Detour (or Ten White Geese in the US) I haven’t written anything, apart from my weblog and the occasional story or column. I simply did not feel like it. What I did do in the end with the prize money was to buy a house with land in The Eifel, Germany. Since the first of December last year I own it, and I go there a lot. One part of the house will be renovated later this spring, and there I will have a – I hope – wonderful, big writing room with only a wood burning stove in it, accessible via a staircase, outside the house. I’ve been having some problems with depression and stuff, and now I feel just fine, writing is not a part of my daily life, but I do feel like I have to have the feeling of wanting to write, if you know what I mean. Usually I’m very happy when I write. I work like a horse then: I don’t think or analyse much, I just move forward until the book is finished.

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Penguin Group buys Ten White Geese

In Pick of the Week, Review on October 27, 2012 at 4:55 PM

Ten White Geese


Great news; Penguin Group USA bought the rights of Ten White Geese (original title De omweg) written by one of Holland’s best writers Gerbrand Bakker. Ten White Geese will come out in February 2013.

Bakker’s first great novel, the Twin (original title Boven is het Stil) was awarded with multiple prices and is published in over 21 countries, it’s one of my favorite novels and I really recommend reading it.

Ten White Geese is already available in English in the UK under a different title, the Detour (Harvill Secker), for everyone who doesn’t want to wait!

The Guardian wrote this raving review: When Gerbrand Bakker’s first book, The Twinwon the Impac Award, it was clear that an assured and mature new voice had emerged in European fiction. A study grief and loneliness in which a young man loses his twin brother, the novel was universally praised for its restraint, its quiet beauty and its undercurrent of dry humour – elements which are certainly carried forward into The Detour. Yet, as accomplished a work as The Twin was, its successor is even more powerful. Read the entire review>>


The Twin – Gerbrand Bakker

In Review on October 17, 2012 at 5:13 PM

I just wanted to share this review by Tottenville Reviews:

“I first heard the name Gerbrand Bakker this spring in Fenway Park. The Red Sox were playing Tampa Bay, and the Dutch Fulbright student sitting beside me was raving about a novel called Boven is het Stil. Perhaps like most people who are barely familiar with Benelux literature, I was expecting him to name something by Gerrit Achterberg. When he didn’t, I let Gerbrand Bakker’s name slip from my mind. But now, having read The Twin, David Colmer’s spell-binding translation of Boven is het Stil, I am beginning to understand the excitement around Bakker’s new IMPAC Dublin award-winning novel set in the damp and muck of a North Holland farm.”


The Twin by Gerbrand Bakker

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