Author

Gerbrand Bakker

Gerbrand Bakker (b. 1962) is one of the most widely- translated and well-known Dutch authors living today. He broke through to an international audience with his acclaimed debut novel Boven is het stil (The Twin, 2006), which he followed with the novels Juni (June, 2009) and De omweg (Ten White Geese; The Detour, 2010). Besides writing columns for Trouw and De Groene Amsterdammer, he has published works of non-fiction, including Rotgrond bestaat niet (What About Nature, 2018). He is also a gardener.

Pear Trees Blossom White

Pear Trees Blossom White

(Cossee, 1999, 144 pages)

A family is turned upside down when their mother leaves. Then the youngest son, Gerson, loses his eyesight in an accident, and the balance is disturbed even more. The father feels guilty – he was driving the car and failed to give way.

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The Twin

The Twin

(Cossee, 2006, 264 pages)

Gerbrand Bakker’s Boven is het stil (The Twin) is ostensibly a book about the countryside, as seen through the eyes of a farmer, but in the end it’s about such universal matters as the possibility or impossibility of taking life into one’s own hands.

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June

June

(Cossee, 2009, 272 pages)

Juni (‘June’), the second novel by Gerbrand Bakker, begins astonishingly enough from the perspective of the former Dutch queen, Juliana, who on 17 June 1969 paid a working visit to the district of Wieringerwaard. Queen Juliana, known for occasionally breaking with protocol, abruptly turns her attention to a woman and child arriving late, by bicycle.

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The Detour

The Detour

(Cossee, 2010, 208 pages)

A Dutch woman, who is a university English lecturer, rents a farm in remote, rural Wales, where she is carrying out research into the work of Emily Dickinson. She intends to demonstrate that some of Dickinson’s poems were not of the same high standard as her other work. When she arrives, there are ten geese living on the farm, but they disappear, one by one. Perhaps it’s the work of a local fox.

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Servant, Alone

Servant, Alone

(De Arbeiderspers, 2020, 287 pages)

After achieving international fame as a novelist with The Twin (International Dublin Literary Award 2010) and The Detour, Gerbrand Bakker made his autobiographical debut with Jasper and His Servant in 2016. Now, the author returns with a mesmerising sequel, building on his fictional oeuvre to present an intimate life become novel. Recording and recollecting everything with a precise pen and wry humour, he searches for answers: Where does his depression spring from? And how can he overcome it?

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