FINALIST FOR THE 2019 MAN BOOKER INTERNATIONAL PRIZE
"A brilliant literary murder mystery." -Chicago Tribune
"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?
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
A murder mystery, a pitch-black comedy, and a Slavic fairy tale with a shot of feminist wit meld to turn Olga Tokarczuk’s novel into one singularly brilliant creation. Set in a sleepy Polish village in winter, the novel charts the full-time obsessions and part-time sleuthing of Janina Duszejko, an amateur astrologer and William Blake enthusiast whose neighbor is found dead with a deer bone in his mouth. Between the delightfully fascinating meditations on animal rights, the Catholic Church, and human nature, there’s a killer detective story that would make Agatha Christie grin.