Olga Tokarczuk’s subversive, entertaining neo-noir is both gripping and thought-provoking, and anything but a conventional crime novel. Translated by Antonia Lloyd-Jones.

In a remote village in south-west Poland, Janina Dusezjko, an eccentric woman in her 60s, describes the events surrounding the disappearance of her two dogs. When members of a local hunting club are subsequently found murdered, she becomes involved in the investigation. Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead is an existential thriller that is also a novel of ideas, asking probing questions about sanity, social injustice, animal rights, hypocrisy, religion and belief in predestination.

The Man Booker International Prize 2019
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Olga Tokarczuk

Olga Tokarczuk

About the Author

Olga Nawoja Tokarczuk is a Polish writer and activist, and one of the most critically acclaimed and successful authors of her generation in Poland.
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Antonia Lloyd-Jones

About the Translator

Antonia Lloyd-Jones was born in Oxford, England, in March 1962.
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