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Gerbrand Bakker
Harvill Secker (March 1, 2012)
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Gerbrand Bakker (born 28 April 1962) is a Dutch writer.

Gerbrand Bakker (born 28 April 1962) is a Dutch writer. He won the International Dublin Literary Award for The Twin, the English translation of his novel Boven is het stil, and the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize for The Detour, the English translation of his novel De omweg. Bakker is a gardener by trade, having acquired his gardening license in 2006. He says writing and gardening are compatible. Bakker works as a skating instructor in winters.

Gerbrand Bakker worked as a subtitler for nature films before becoming a gardener. His debut novel The Twin won the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and will soon be made into a film

Gerbrand Bakker worked as a subtitler for nature films before becoming a gardener. His debut novel The Twin won the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and will soon be made into a film. The Detour won the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize. Unaware of any of this Emilie meets a young man who appears to have injured himself whilst out walking his dog, he initially stays the night, but ends up staying a lot longer forming a strange relationship with Emilie. It is very hard to describe what is happening in this book, for one thing very little does happen, meaning what you do reveal would need to be covered in spoiler alerts.

Gerbrand Bakker has made the territories of isolation, inner turmoil and the solace offered by the natural world his own. The Detour is a deeply moving new novel, shot through with longing and the quiet tragedy of everyday lives. Online Stores ▾. Audible Barnes & Noble Walmart eBooks Apple Books Google Play Abebooks Book Depository Alibris Indigo Better World Books IndieBound. Paperback, 240 pages.

Gerbrand Bakker’s book refuses to leave me. In the same seven minute NPR interview mentioned above, Bakker . In the same seven minute NPR interview mentioned above, Bakker says that the process of writing this novel precipitated in him a great depression. Short, sparse and strange, Gerbrand Bakker's The Detour is the enigmatic tale of a Dutch woman, Emilie, who runs away from her husband and takes up residence in an isolated cottage in the Welsh countryside. For some time she lives a solitary existence there, as the reasons for her decision are slowly made clear to the reader. Her only companions are ten geese - and even they are disappearing, being picked off by a predator one by one.

When Gerbrand Bakker's first book, The Twin, won the Impac Award, it was clear that an assured and mature new .

When Gerbrand Bakker's first book, The Twin, won the Impac Award, it was clear that an assured and mature new voice had emerged in European fiction. A study of 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. What is essential to The Detour is the question of ordinary grief, which seems to begin with some trigger – a death, a betrayal, the end of a love affair – but gradually reveals itself to have been there all along, waiting to be revealed.

The Detour, Gerbrand Bakker. Варианты приобретения. Now he returns to The Prince of Nothing with the long awaited The Judging Eye, the first book in an all-new series. Set twenty years after the end of The Thousandfold Thought, Bakker reintroduces us to a world that is at once familiar but also very different than the one readers thought they knew.

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Bleak landscapes are meat and drink to the Dutch writer Gerbrand Bakker. His new novel transports us to North Wales where a woman called Emilie is setting up home in a remote farmhouse. Bleak landscapes are meat and drink to the Dutch writer Gerbrand Bakker. It takes a while for the reader to work out what this urbanite from Amsterdam is doing there.

  • Ample make this bed.
    Make this bed with awe;
    In it wait till judgment break
    Excellent and fair.

    Be its mattress straight,
    Be its pillow round;
    Let no sunrise' yellow noise
    Interrupt this ground.
    ~Emily Dickinson

    With this poem as its foundation, Gerbrand Bakker writes the most piercing novel I have read all year. It unfolds slowly slowly slowly before us as he teases out the reason why Emilie has come to Wales, to live in a thatched cottage once inhabited by old Mrs. Evans, and dwell there with the white geese who gradually are reduced to only four.

    Halfway through the novel a boy with black curly hair, and a great dog named Sam, join her. The boy cooks for her, and fixes up the garden, and refuses to leave each time she asks him. He doesn't inquire about the way her lucidity slips away from time to time, nor about the strips of pills from which she gradually presses more than one to ease her pain. He simply stays with her resolutely.

    Far away in Amsterdam, Emilie's husband decides to look for her. He meets with her parents, he hires a detective, and eventually he sends a card which simply says her name, and his, with the words "I'm coming" in between.

    I chose to read this book because it was short listed for the IFFP; I feel no need to read any of the other contenders. It is so completely satisfying, so beautifully told, so multi-layered and rich in meaning that I am hoping already it is declared the winner.

  • I came to this novel after reading Bakker's first novel, The Twin, which I loved, and just at first I found this one a letdown. The central character, who calls herself Emily in identification with her academic speciality, Emily Dickinson, seems a bit remote, probably because we don't at this stage know why she's come from Holland to Wales -- and at this stage we don't much care. But gradually we do warm to her, especially as she comes up against the young interloper (who's taken the eponymous Detour from a walking route he's tracking), and his strange charisma. As in The Twin, Bakker is excellent at tracing unexpressed sexual tensions, and this relationship is, in its understated way, very powerful. Still, to me the novel really comes to life with the introduction of the husband Emily's left behind; perhaps it's just that he's more comprehensible and thus more accessible. Here, too, is an understated erotic undercurrent in the strange friendship with the policeman who 'arrests' him for arson, after he sets fire to his absent wife's office. There is a welcome dash of humour in this relationship, as also in the depiction of the wife's parents, concerned in a comfortable, uncomprehending sort of way about their daughter's disappearance. As in The Twin, it's the ordinary humanity of the characters that interests and ultimately moves us -- again as in The Twin, against a bleak but impressive rural backdrop. Beautifully written and expertly translated. (The book won the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize for 2013.)

  • I do not want to spoil this book for potential readers by saying too much about the plot, because there are some surprises in it as Agnes, who is known for most of the book as Emily, deserts her husband and her country on an escape from we know not what and towards... well that's the essence of the surprises and the tension.

    Character is dominant in this book -- another award winner (the Independent Prize this time, the IMPAC previously) for the combination of Gerbrand Bakker (author) and David Colmer (translator).

    Emily/Agnes is a beautifully drawn and tragic character: she seems to have a broken relationship with her husband and a love-hate relationship with (poet) Emily Dickinson. Not that Dickinson is still alive: this novel is set in the present, but Agnes has almost finished a PHD on her.

    The boy, Branwen, is also sympathetically drawn, largely through Emily's eyes.

    And into the bargain, we have some brief journeys into the land of linguistic confusion (Agnes is Dutch and she goes to the UK), culminating in a fascinating cameo about the difficulty of translating on of Dickinson's seemingly simple poems into Dutch.

    But if things linguistic are not for you, don't be put off -- there is lots of beautiful writing to enjoy.

  • I became a fan of Gerbrand Bakker after reading The Twin. The detour is also a short dense and compact book in which much is told in a very economic way and that's the way I like it. No need for door stoppers in my world.

  • A sad, thoughtful book, descriptive yet sparse. The boy's motive difficult to work out but he's a boy, a different generation. A worthwhile read, read in one sitting if you can.