Olga Tokarczuk turns from the roving, travelling kaleidoscope of Flights to a fabulous, ecological neo-noir. Mike, manager of our Bridport shop, neatly describes the novel as ‘a book that is in every way not bland’, the tale’s central character of Janina Duszejko emerging as a heroic, beautifully-nuanced maelstrom of compassion, fury and almost cosmic insight.
Shortlisted for the Man Booker International Prize 2019
With Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead, Man Booker International Prize-winner 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.
By no means a conventional crime story, this existential thriller by 'one of Europe's major humanist writers' 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.
Publisher: Fitzcarraldo Editions
Number of pages: 274
Dimensions: 197 x 114 mm
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