Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead (Paperback)
There's a reason why this book won the Nobel Prize in Literature. "Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead" is unsettling, mysterious, darkly funny, and such a great and weird experience to read. Janina, the protagonist and narrator of this book, is into Blake, astrology, and is quite in touch with nature. When the people around her in the remote village in Poland she inhabits start dying, she begins to wonder if karma is coming back to those who don't value the natural world. This book takes "literary thriller" to a whole new level. I recommend this book to anyone, but especially if you enjoy authors such as Ottessa Moshfegh and Emma Cline.— Hannah Z.
August 2019 Indie Next List
“Janina is an eccentric middle-aged woman who translates William Blake, studies astrology, and is acutely attuned to the wilderness around her in rural Poland. When hunters and poachers begin to be gruesomely murdered, Janina informs the police that the animals are responsible. As the bodies mount, so does her involvement with the mystery, although her status as a crank and possible madwoman ensures that she’s ignored. This is an extraordinary and disturbing tale — a mystery that becomes more complex as the story continues, accompanied by Janina’s often witty observations on man, nature, justice, and identity. The ending of this hard-to-categorize novel, a finalist for the 2019 Man Booker International Prize, will knock the breath out of you. Don’t miss this excellent translated work from an award-winning writer!”
— Cindy Pauldine, The River's End Bookstore, Oswego, NY
Winter 2020 Reading Group Indie Next List
“This book is bonkers and I am so in love with it — one of the funniest books I’ve ever read. Olga Tokarczuk’s comic timing is surprising and delightful in this rural noir set in Poland and featuring astrology, William Blake, revenge-seeking animals, and an entire cast of characters unlike you have ever seen before. This book is genius and oh so satisfying.”
— Mary Cotton, Newtonville Books, Newton Centre, MA