Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead

Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead Olga Tokarczuk ; Antonia Lloyd-Jones

With Drive your plow over the bones of the dead, Olga Tokarczuk returns with 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 by `one of Europe's major humanist writers' (Guardian) 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.

  • '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.... 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, the Guardian
  • 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
  • Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead … speaks volumes on the problematic habits of humans. An ode to nature and a love letter to animals, Tokarczuk’s novel is the wonderfully crafted story of an animal-loving recluse desperately fighting to make the world a better place.’— Laila Obeidat, The London Magazine
  • ‘Janina is such an unusual, engaging narrator that her nihilism is strangely cheering; this was one of the funniest books of the year.’— Justine Jordan, Books of the Year 2018, Guardian

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Fitzcarraldo Editions
274 pp.
Engelstalige literatuur
Lloyd-Jones, Antonia

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