The Twins

By Tessa de Loo

Translator: Ruth Levitt

Format: Paperback

Twin sisters are separated in childhood but reunited in later life when they discover they were on opposing sides in the war.

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Two elderly women, one Dutch and one German, meet by chance at the famous health resort of Spa. They recognize in the other their twin sister they believed to be lost. They begin to tell each other their life stories - the last chance to bridge a gulf of almost seventy years. In this monumental novel, Tessa de Loo compellingly weaves the story of two twin sisters separated in childhood with that of two countries opposed in war, and depicts, in a simple yet harrowing prose the effects of nature and nurture on the individual.

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Format Paperback
Imprint Arcadia Books
Publication Date 21 Feb 2001
ISBN 9781900850568
Number of Pages 392

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"'Completely original. A fiction whose poise, compassion and breadth take the reader's breath away' - Joan Smith, Sunday Times; 'This excellent novel spans the entire twentieth century. De Loo interleaves the twins' story with that of two countries locked in bloody conflict. A moving read about humanity's darkest hour' - Sebastian Shakespeare, Evening Standard; 'Details of time, place and atmosphere are acutely evoked, and the characters are presented with a generous sympathy that stops short of special pleading. Already a best-seller in the author's native Holland, the book deserves to become one here' - The Times"

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