Drive your plow over the bones of the dead

Drive your plow over the bones of the dead Olga Tokarczuk

A subversive, entertaining noir novel

In a remote Polish village, Janina Duszejko, an eccentric woman in her sixties, recounts the events surrounding the disappearance of her two dogs. She is reclusive, preferring the company of animals to people; she’s unconventional, believing in the stars; and she is fond of the poetry of William Blake, from whose work the title of the book is taken. When members of a local hunting club are found murdered, Duszejko becomes involved in the investigation. By no means a conventional crime story, this existential thriller offers thought-provoking ideas on our perceptions of madness, injustice against marginalized people, animal rights, the hypocrisy of traditional religion, belief in predestination – and caused a genuine political uproar in Tokarczuk’s native Poland. In 2019, she was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.

  • ‘One of Europe’s major humanist writers’ Guardian
  • ‘Though the book functions perfectly as noir crime – moving towards a denouement that, for sleight of hand and shock, should draw admiration from the most seasoned Christie devotee – its chief preoccupation is with unanswerable questions of free will versus determinism, and with existential unease. ... That this novel caused such a stir in Poland is no surprise. There, the political compass has swung violently to the right, and the rights of women and of animals are under attack (the novel’s 2017 film adaptation, Spoor, caused one journalist to remark that it was “a deeply anti-Christian film that promoted eco-terrorism”). It is an astonishing amalgam of thriller, comedy and political treatise, written by a woman who combines an extraordinary intellect with an anarchic sensibility.’ — Sarah Perry, Guardian
  • Aspects of dark fantasy permeate Olga Tokarczuk’s grimly comic tale of death and vengeance, set in a remote forested plateau on the border between two realms, with a cast of intelligent animals, ghostly apparitions, celestial influence and humans who resemble trolls, witches, giants and goblins. ... Tokarczuk’s prescient, provocative and furiously comic fiction seethes with a Blakean conviction of the cleansing power of rage: the vengeance of the weak when justice is denied. ... [An] elegantly subversive novel.’ — Jane Shilling, New Statesman
  • Drive Your Plow casts a mythical spell over a chilly psychological thriller. It is so tantalisingly written, its developments so precisely but invisibly measured out, that I found myself far more likely to forget about the reviewing than the reading. ... a really good book can change the way we see things, and ... Drive Your Plow unequivocally excels at this. But it is only a really clever book that manages to upend the impression slowly being recorded in the reader’s mind and throw it on its head right in the very last pages. And Drive Your Plow does this too, with a twist that made me want to instantly re-read the entire thing and find out what I’d missed.’ — Antonia Cundy, Review 31
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Specificaties

ISBN
9781910695715
Uitgever
Fitzcarraldo Edition
Druk
1e
Datum
12-09-2018
Taal
Engels
Bladzijden
272 pp.
Bindwijze
Paperback Paperback
Genre
Engelstalige literatuur
Vertaler
Lloyd-Jones, Antonia

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