Loading, please wait...

Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead - by Olga Tokarczuk (Hardcover)

About this item

Specifications

Number of Pages: 288

Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres

Sub-Genre: Crime

Format: Hardcover

Publisher: Riverhead Books

Age Range: Adult

Author: Olga Tokarczuk

Language: Polish

Street Date: August 13, 2019
TCIN: 76487190
UPC: 9780525541332
Item Number (DPCI): 248-30-1221
Origin: Made in the USA or Imported

Description



About the Book



Finalist for the 2019 Man Booker International Prize. 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, and autonomy and fate.



Book Synopsis



WINNER OF THE NOBEL PRIZE IN LITERATURE

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?



Review Quotes




Named a best book of 2019 by TIME, NPR, Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, and BookRiot.

PEN America Translation Prize longlist

Warwick Prize for Women in Translation shortlist

"A marvelously weird and fablelike mystery. . . . Authors with Tokarczuk's vending machine of phrasing . . . and gimlet eye for human behavior. . . are rarely also masters of pacing and suspense. But even as Tokarczuk sticks landing after landing . . . her asides are never desultory or a liability. They are more like little cuts -- quick, exacting and purposefully belated in their bleeding. . . . This book is not a mere whodunit: It's a philosophical fairy tale about life and death that's been trying to spill its secrets. Secrets that, if you've kept your ear to the ground, you knew in your bones all along." -- New York Times Book Review

"While it adopts the straightforward structure of a murder mystery, [the book features] macabre humor and morbid philosophical interludes [that] are distinctive to its author. . . [and an] excellent payoff at the finale. . . . As for Ms. Tokarczuk, there's no doubt: She's a gifted, original writer, and the appearance of her novels in English is a welcome development." -- The Wall Street Journal

"Drive Your Plow is exhilarating in a way that feels fierce and private, almost inarticulable; it's one of the most existentially refreshing novels I've read in a long time." -- The New Yorker

"A paean to nature. . . a sort of ode to Blake. . . [and] a lament. . . Does Tokarczuk transcend Blake? Arguable --perhaps." -- NPR

"A brilliant literary murder mystery." -Chicago Tribune

" A winding, imaginative, genre-defying story. Part murder mystery, part fairy tale, Drive Your Plow is a thrilling philosophical examination of the ways in which some living creatures are privileged above others." - TIME

"Shimmering with subversive brilliance . . . . this is not your conventional crime story--for Tokarczuk is not your conventional writer. Through her extraordinary talent and intellect, and her 'thinking novels, ' she ponders and tackles larger ecological and political issues. The stakes are always high; Tokarczuk repeatedly rises to the occasion and raises a call to arms."--HuffPost

"Sometimes the opening sentence of a first-person narrative can so vividly capture the personality of its speaker that you immediately want to spend all the time you can in their company. That's the case with . . . Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead . . . [a] barbed and subversive tale about what it takes to challenge the complacency of the powers that be." --Boston Globe

"Bewitching. . .. Serious crosscurrents ... explore everything from animal rights to predetermination to the way society stigmatizes and marginalizes those it considers mad, strange or simply different . . . Tokarczuk is capable of miracles and ensures that this extraordinary novel soars." --Minneapolis Star Tribune

Sardonic humour and gothic plot-twists add a layer of macabre rustic comedy. - The Economist

One of the funniest books of the year." - The Guardian

"Written with humor, charm, and a great talent for mystery ... a sharp, memorable alternative to those dime-a-dozen beach bag potboilers without losing any of the whodunnit appeal." --Town & Country




About the Author



Olga Tokarczuk has won the Nobel Prize in Literature and the Man Book International Prize, among many other honors. She is the author of a dozen works of fiction, two collections of essays, and a children's book; her work has been translated into fifty languages.
If the item details above aren’t accurate or complete, we want to know about it. Report incorrect product info.

Shipping options

Get it by Thu, Sep 23 with free Standard Shipping

Shipping details

Estimated ship dimensions: 1 inches length x 5.9 inches width x 8.5 inches height
Estimated ship weight: 0.88 pounds
We regret that this item cannot be shipped to PO Boxes.
This item cannot be shipped to the following locations: Virgin Islands, U.S., APO/FPO, Northern Mariana Islands, Guam (see also separate entry under GU), United States Minor Outlying Islands, American Samoa (see also separate entry under AS), Puerto Rico (see also separate entry under PR)

Return details

This item can be returned to any Target store or Target.com.
This item must be returned within 90 days of the in-store purchase, ship date or online order pickup. See return policy for details.
See the return policy for complete information.

From the manufacturer

No information loaded.

Guest Ratings & Reviews

Prices, promotions, styles and availability may vary by store & online. See our price match guarantee. See how a store is chosen for you.


*See offer details. Restrictions apply. Pricing, promotions and availability may vary by location and at Target.com.