Have you ever wanted to disappear and make a new life for yourself where no one knows your name? ""Ten White Geese""is the eagerly anticipated, internationally bestselling new novel by the winner of the world's richest literary prize for a single work of fiction. Fans of Per Petterson's ""Out Stealing Horses ""or Paul Harding's ""Tinkers""may find in "Ten White Geese" a new novel to fall in love with. A woman rents a remote farm in rural Wales. She says her name is Emilie. An Emily Dickinson scholar, she has fled Amsterdam, having just confessed to an affair. On the farm she finds ten geese. One by one they disappear. Who is this woman? Will her husband manage to find her? The young man who stays the night: why won't he leave? And the vanishing geese? Set against a stark and pristine landscape, and with a seductive blend of solace and menace, this novel of stealth intrigue summons from a woman's silent longing fugitive moments of profound beauty and compassion.
Winner of the "Independent "Foreign Fiction Prize "A beautiful book . . . Mysterious and sometimes menacing." --Jacki Lyden, NPR's "Weekend All Things Considered" "One of the most beautifully written novels in recent memory . . . Powerful . . . Bleak and lovely in equal measure . . . Bakker captures the gorgeous desolation of the natural world as few contemporary writers can. And he makes Agnes a compelling enigma until the last page." --"Newsday" "[An] affecting mystery . . . pocketed with meaning and subtly menacing. It moves rapidly along." --"The New Yorker" "Intense . . . Evocative and unsettling . . . Like other recent novels it slightly resembles, such as "Disgrace "by J. M. Coetzee and "Out Stealing Horses "by Per Petterson, "Ten White Geese "has the laconic texture and angular plotting of a thriller, with shifting points of view that keep the reader guessing about what surprise is lurking around the corner." --Christopher Benfey, "The New York Review of Books" "Satisfyingly enigmatic . . . Bakker establishes a steadily mounting tension via an unlikely reworking of quotidian moments [and] strange, haunting glimpses of a disrupted life. . . . Though there are moments of ominous human contact, this novel also contains wry comedy and unlikely moments of human connection. . . . Memorably surreal." --"Minneapolis"" Star-Tribune" "The holy writ in Dutch writer Gerbrand Bakker's novel "Ten White Geese "is the hauntingly inscrutable poetry of Emily Dickinson. . . . Everything comes at that strange Dickinsonian slant, lighting up the seemingly ordinary natural surroundings with an unearthly aura of menace." --"The Wall Street Journal" "Luckily for all of us, "Ten White Geese "takes us to authentic depths. . . . Abiding humanity runs throughout. . . . Lovely."" --"The Philadelphia Inquirer"" "Astonishing . . . Immensely gripping . . . The sentences follow one another with the hypnotic cadence of an i
Gerbrand Bakker won the 2010 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award for his first novel, "The Twin." An avid gardener, he lives in Holland. David Colmer is the translator of Bakker's novel "The Twin."