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In the bucolic setting of The Twin by Gerbrand Bakker, the joys and pitfalls of sibling rivalry are given new life. Author Amy Waldman says the book's sparse prose and stark setting provide the backdrop for a moving story of familial resentment.
2009's top works of foreign fiction, as picked by critic Jessa Crispin, feature a geography as wide ranging as their topics: genetic research, civil unrest, sibling resentment, and fairy-tale depictions of government corruption.
Gerbrand Bakker's novel tells the story of a young man, Helmer, who has long avoided his family's small farm in the Dutch country-side and his ailing father. But when Helmer's twin brother dies in a car crash, Helmer is forced to return home.