book review: Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead by Olga Tokarczuk | BookBrowse

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DRIVE YOUR PLOW OVER THE BONES OF THE DEAD by Olga Tokarczuk
translated by Antonia Lloyd-Jones
★★★★★
Riverhead, August 13, 2019

 

A subversive feminist noir mystery set in a remote Polish village, Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead both dazzles and defies categorization. Olga Tokarczuk’s seventh novel (her fourth to be translated into English) follows Janina Duszejko, an elderly woman living as a recluse on the outskirts of a Polish town close to the Czech border, who spends her days reading horoscopes and translating the poetry of William Blake. But it’s a far cry from an idyllic life for Janina, whose beloved dogs have gone missing and whose neighbors keep mysteriously turning up dead.

Read the rest of my review HERE on BookBrowse, and you can also read a piece I wrote on Women in Translation Month HERE.


You can pick up a copy of Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead here on Book Depository.

18 thoughts on “book review: Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead by Olga Tokarczuk | BookBrowse

  1. Great review! This really sounds fantastic- I’m glad it was a 5-star read for you! I have the first hold at my library, but they’re being incredibly slow about getting the book into circulation, so I wasn’t able to pick it up in time for WIT month. Atmospheric and dark sounds perfect for the start of fall though, so I’ll still be happy to get to it next month!

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