Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead

Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Paperback Published on: 18/10/2019
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Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead
Superb! A must read
Olga Tokarczuk is amazing. This book will hunt you a long time after you finished reading it! Anything that I say will diminish the power of story telling... READ MORE
Mihaela
Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead
Curiously Beguiling
I read this over lockdown and enjoyed every moment of it. A fantastic book. The protagonist is rich with depth, and curiously strange, yet at times bizarre... READ MORE
Kirsten Hamilton

Synopsis

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
  • ISBN: 9781913097257
  • Dimensions: 197 x 114 mm

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Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead
A little weird, completely wonderful!
Laced with a merciless dose of pitch-black humour, this novel bares its teeth and goes for the throat of Polish society. Patriarchal authority figures, bl... READ MORE
Juliet Bailey
Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead
Superb
Very good book and a good translation. Enjoy!
Edyta Drozd
Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead
A joy
Olga Tokarczuk is my new favourite writer (I also gush over her earlier ‘Flights’). The delightfully unreliable narrator, a fierce middle-aged engineer-tur... READ MORE
Lesley Jane
Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead
Food for thought
This was our Book Club choice - I enjoyed it more than I originally thought I would. The whole premise of fighting for animals was a great story. I can see... READ MORE
Yvonne Woodward
Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead
Creme de la Creme of a book
Great, Excellent, Wonderful, Different, Interesting, Engaging, unable to put down book. I could go on praising this book. So, grateful to the bookseller in... READ MORE
Elsabear
Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead
Plow Plough
Aside from the title spelling, this was a very enjoyable read. I am unfamiliar with astrology and potential slavic allegory and just enjoyed the book on a ... READ MORE
John Feore
Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead
Great
Very original with a great ending!
Daphne
Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead
Beautiful writing but lost in tedium
This was a great, escapist read for me. I loved Janina's (don't call me by that name!) eccentricity, in which, as is so often the case, there was often a r... READ MORE
Mark Rasdall
Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead
Escape into madness
This was a great, escapist read for me. I loved Janina's (don't call me by that name!) eccentricity, in which, as is so often the case, there was often a r... READ MORE
Mark Rasdall