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- Description'He had never seen her like that before. Awesomely beautiful, like a tree or bush that produces as much blossom or as many flowers as possible the year before it dies.' A woman abandons her home in Holland without a word, leaving behind an impervious husband, mystified parents, and an unfinished thesis on reclusive poet Emily Dickinson. Across the sea in Britain, she arrives at an isolated cottage in the shadow of a mountain. She settles there, alone in the ancient landscape, her only contact coming from animals she encounters, a handful of wary locals, and her poetry books. But what is she fleeting? And will her new home provide redemption, or lead her further into darkness? On a foggy afteron, her solitude is shattered when an elusive young man jumps over her fence. Perhaps his vitality can deter the shadows, but in this uncanny place the line between kindness and betrayal is never clear. Meanwhile, the woman's husband is coming, and time is running out. Haunting and suspenseful, The Detour explores both the weakness and the commanding power of the flesh. In the clear-eyed, uncompromising prose that we have come to expect from the award-winning Bakker, it asks- when our lives go awry, which route do we take? 'Beautiful, convincing ...A sparing simplicity and expressiveness reminiscent of J.M. Coetzee.' - Trouw 'phemenal. There is other world for Gerbrand Bakker's new vel.' - Noordhollands Dagblad
- Author BiographyGerbrand Bakker worked as a subtitler for nature films before becoming a gardener. His debut novel The Twin won the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. In 2013 his novel, The Detour, won the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize.
- PrizesWinner of Independent Foreign Fiction Prize 2013.
- Author(s)Gerbrand Bakker
- PublisherScribe Publications
- Date of Publication20/02/2012
- SubjectGeneral & Literary Fiction
- Place of PublicationCarlton North
- Country of PublicationAustralia
- ImprintScribe Publications
- Weight240 g
- Width137 mm
- Height210 mm
- Spine18 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (UK)
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