Olga Tokarczuk is the author of nine novels, three short story collections and has been translated into thirty languages. Her novel Flights won the 2018 International Booker Prize, in Jennifer Croft's translation, and Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead was shortlisted for International Booker Prize the following year. She was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2019.
'A magnificent writer.'
- Svetlana Alexievich, 2015 Nobel Prize in Literature laureate
'A writer on the level of W. G. Sebald.'
- Annie Proulx, author of The Shipping News
'Though the book functions perfectly as noir crime - moving
towards a denouement that, for sleight of hand and shock, should
draw admiration from the most seasoned Christie devotee - its chief
preoccupation is with unanswerable questions of free will versus
determinism, and with existential unease. ... In Antonia
Lloyd-Jones's translation, the prose is by turns witty and
melancholy, and never slips out of that distinctive narrative
voice. ... That this novel caused such a stir in Poland is no
surprise. There, the political compass has swung violently to the
right, and the rights of women and of animals are under attack (the
novel's 2017 film adaptation, Spoor, caused one journalist
to remark that it was "a deeply anti-Christian film that promoted
eco-terrorism"). It is an astonishing amalgam of thriller, comedy
and political treatise, written by a woman who combines an
extraordinary intellect with an anarchic sensibility.'
- Sarah Perry, the Guardian
'One among a very few signal European novelists of the past
- The Economist
'Aspects of dark fantasy permeate Olga Tokarczuk's grimly comic
tale of death and vengeance, set in a remote forested plateau on
the border between two realms, with a cast of intelligent animals,
ghostly apparitions, celestial influence and humans who resemble
trolls, witches, giants and goblins. ... Translated with virtuosic
precision and wit by Antonia Lloyd-Jones, Tokarczuk's prescient,
provocative and furiously comic fiction seethes with a Blakean
conviction of the cleansing power of rage: the vengeance of the
weak when justice is denied. ... [An] elegantly subversive
- Jane Shilling, New Statesman
'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.'
- Jia Tolentino, The New Yorker
'Amusing, stimulating and intriguing ... [Drive Your
Plow] might be likened to Fargo as rewritten by Thomas
Mann, or a W. G. Sebald version of The Mousetrap. ... Olga
Tokarczuk's previous novel, Flights ... was the winner of
the Man Booker International Prize, for translated fiction, and
Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead, though smaller
in scale, will help confirm her position as the first Polish writer
to command sustained Western attention since the end of the Cold
- Leo Robson, The Telegraph
'Janina is such an unusual, engaging narrator that her nihilism
is strangely cheering; this was one of the funniest books of the
- Justine Jordan, Books of the Year 2018, Guardian
'Strange, mordantly funny, consoling and wise, Olga Tokarczuk's
novels fill the reader's mind with intimations of a unique
consciousness. Her latest novel to be translated into English,
Drive Your Plow Over The Bones of The Dead is
simultaneously unsettling and oddly companionable. Suffused with
William Blake, astrological lore, and the landscapes of middle
Europe, it's both a meditation on human compassion and a murder
mystery that lingers in the imagination.'
- Marcel Theroux, author of Strange Bodies
'I loved this wry, richly melancholic philosophical mystery.
It's a compelling and endlessly thought-provoking novel, luminous
with the strangeness of existence.'
- Megan Hunter, author of The End We Start From