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IMPAC Literary Award won by Gerbrand Bakker

18th June 2010

The International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award 2010 has been won by The Twin, the debut novel of Dutch author Gerbrand Bakker.

In winning the prize, The Twin saw off competition from seven other shortlisted novels including In Zodiac Light by Robert Edric, Marilynne Robinson's Home and Settlement by Christoph Hein.

God's Own Country by Ross Raisin, Muriel Barbery's The Elegance of the Hedgehog, The Believers by Zoe Heller and Joseph O'Neill's Netherland were the other titles nominated for the award, which is organised by Dublin City Libraries.

Bakker will now share the award's 100,000 euro (GBP 83,500) prize with translator David Colmer, who will receive 25,000 euros. The IMPAC Award represents the largest literary prize available for a single novel.

English author Anne Fine, a member of the judging panel, commented: 'Though rich in detail, [The Twin is] a sparely written story, with the narrator's odd small cruelties, laconic humour and surprising tendernesses emerging through a steady, well-paced, unaffected style. The book convinces from first page to last.'

This week, an article in the Irish Times called for the IMPAC to be given the same level of prestige and media attention as the Orange Prize for Fiction and the Man Booker.

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