Dutch writer wins world’s ‘biggest literature prize’

Dutch writer Gerbrand Bakker has won the €100,000 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award for his first novel Boven is het stil, translated into English as The Twin.

Translator David Colmer gets 25% of the prize money in what the organisers say is the world’s biggest literature prize.
The Twin beat off competition from 155 other titles, nominated by 163 public libraries from 43 countries.
The winning book is the story of a man forced to take over his brother’s role running the small family farm when his twin dies.
According to the competition website, ‘The Twin is an ode to the platteland, the flat and bleak Dutch countryside with its ditches and its cows and its endless grey skies.’