International Writers: Olga Tokarczuk
Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead
Polish phenomenon Olga Tokarczuk, Winner of the 2018 MAN Booker International Prize for Literature, makes a rare visit to the UK and joins us to discuss her prize-winning novel Flights, her latest novel Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead and what motivates and informs her writing. Attending the event also will be Antonia Lloyd-Jones, who works as Olga Tokarczuk’s translator.
With Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead, brave and experimental writer Olga Tokarczuk returns with a subversion of the noir novel and the magical realist genre. The novel takes place in a remote village in south-west Poland where 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.
By no means a conventional crime story, this entertaining novel by ‘one of Europe’s major humanist writers’ (Guardian) offers some thought-provoking ideas on our perceptions of madness, social injustice against people who are marginalised, animal rights, the hypocrisy of traditional religion, and belief in predestination.
In conversation with Kasia Boddy, University of Cambridge.
Supported by the Polish Cultural Institute in London.
With thanks Fitzcarraldo Editions and Heffers.