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By (author) Tim Krabbe, Translated by Sam Garrett

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  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • Format: Paperback | 192 pages
  • Dimensions: 129mm x 198mm x 13mm | 160g
  • Publication date: 18 July 2005
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0747576734
  • ISBN 13: 9780747576730
  • Sales rank: 536,071

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On his way back to Amsterdam from New Zealand Jacques Bekker's plane is delayed, giving him four unexpected hours in Sydney. On a whim he decides to look up an old girlfriend - his first love. He arrives on Monique's street just as a stylish woman is loading a last suitcase into the back of a smart car. Thirty years vanish in the blink of an eye and before Jacques knows it he's become an accomplice to a disappearing act that will soon be front page news. But by then Jacques and Monique will be deep in the outback and well on the way to the treacherous heart of their teenage past.

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Author information

Tim Krabbe is a chess as well as a cycling enthusiast and one of Holland's leading writers. His many books include the novel The Vanishing (twice filmed, in Holland and the Unites States) and The Cave (also filmed), and the cycling classic, The Rider. He lives in Amsterdam. Translator Sam Garrett, a former wire-service correspondent, is the translator of The Rider by Tim Krabbe, The Gates of Damascus by Lieve Joris and Silent Extras by Arnon Grunberg.

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'Grounded in a tale of Mephistophelian friendship, THE CAVE ambitiously bursts its bounds, shifting Krabbe's expert structuring through Graham Greene-esque travelougue, haunting thriller and, finally, the kind of cosmic hymn to coincidence Alex Garland aimed for in THE TESSERACT' The Face 'Short, spare and unflinchingly dark' The Times 'Krabbe's carefully constructed narrative has a geometry so precise that the patterns buried under the surface emerge only in the final pages' New York Times 'Like that classic 1980s film THE VANISHING, based on a novel by Krabbe, [THE RIDER]is a story of dark obsession...Best read in one sitting, it is a book full of insight into the whys and wherefores of a sport that is frightening in its intensity' Sunday Times