Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead: A Novel

Category: Book
Translated By: Lloyd-Jones, Antonia
By (author): Tokarczuk, Olga
Subject:  FICTION / Crime
  FICTION / General
  FICTION / Literary
  FICTION / Satire
Publisher: Riverhead
Published: August 2019
Format: Book-hardcover
Pages: 288
Size: 8.25in x 5.50in x 0.71in
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From The Publisher*"Extraordinary. Tokarczuk's novel is funny, vivid, dangerous, and disturbing, and it raises some fierce questions about human behavior. My sincere admiration for her brilliant work." --Annie Proulx

In a remote Polish village, Janina devotes the dark winter days to studying astrology, translating the poetry of William Blake, and taking care of the summer homes of wealthy Warsaw residents. Her reputation as a crank and a recluse is amplified by her not-so-secret preference for the company of animals over humans. Then a neighbor, Big Foot, turns up dead. Soon other bodies are discovered, in increasingly strange circumstances. As suspicions mount, Janina inserts herself into the investigation, certain that she knows whodunit. If only anyone would pay her mind . . .

A deeply satisfying thriller cum fairy tale, Drive Your Plow over the Bones of the Dead is a provocative exploration of the murky borderland between sanity and madness, justice and tradition, autonomy and fate. Whom do we deem sane? it asks. Who is worthy of a voice?
Review Quote*"Extraordinary. Tokarczuk's novel is funny, vivid, dangerous and disturbing, and it raises some fierce questions about human behavior. My sincere admiration for her brilliant work."-Annie Proulx

"An astonishing amalgam of thriller, comedy and political treatise, written by a woman who combines an extraordinary intellect with an anarchic sensibility."-The Guardian
 
"Sardonic humour and gothic plot-twists add a layer of macabre rustic comedy." – The Economist
 
"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." –The New Statesman

"Exhilaratingly readable...provocative and darkly comic." –Evening Standard 

"A barbed, shrewd parodic eco-noir." –Times Literary Supplement

Praise for Flights

"[Tokarczuk] seems to pour the contents of her incandescent mind onto the page.... Some bits read like campfire tales - stories of an inebriated, Moby-Dick-quoting ferryboat captain gone rogue on his daily route, or a foolish prince straight out of Arabian Nights.... Taken all together, Flights has the quality of a dream.... It's magical: electrifying, strange, and sensationally alive." -Entertainment Weekly 

"A revelation … Flights is a witty, imaginative, hard-to-classify work that is in the broadest sense about travel…. In this risky, restlessly mercurial book, [Tokarczuk has] found a way of turning…philosophy into writing that doesn't just take flight but soars."- NPR's "Fresh Air"

"Her discerning eye shakes things up, in the same way that her book scrambles conventional forms... Like her characters, our narrator is always on the move, and is always noticing and theorizing, often brilliantly." -The New Yorker 
Biographical NoteOlga Tokarczuk is one of Poland's most celebrated and beloved authors, a winner of the Man Booker International Prize, as well as her country's highest literary honor, the Nike. She is the author of eight novels and two short story collections, and has been translated into thirty languages. Her work has appeared in n +1, BOMB Magazine, and Asymptote.