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Join us to discuss award winning author Olga Tokarczuk's Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead with the translator, Antonia Lloyd-Jones

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Time: Tuesday 3rd March, 5:00-6:30pm

Venue: Memorial Room, Queen's College, Oxford (Ask at the Porter's Lodge just inside the college entrance for directions. Please contact us if you have any accessibility requirements.)

For our next meeting of the International Book Club we will be reading Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead by Polish author Olga Tokarczuk, winner of the 2018 Man Booker International Prize and the Nobel Prize for Literature. The translator, Antonia Lloyd-Jones, will be joining us for an informal discussion. First published in Polish in 2009, it was translated into English by Antonia Lloyd-Jones in 2018 and shortlisted for the International Man Booker Prize in 2019. No knowledge of Polish is required and new attendees are welcome! Drinks and snacks will be provided.

Blackwell's is offering a 30% discount for book club attendees - simply present the following code when checking out in person or online: BSTPLOW20

Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead is a subversive, entertaining noir novel. In a remote Polish village, Janina Duszejko, an eccentric woman in her sixties, recounts the events surrounding the disappearance of her two dogs. She is reclusive, preferring the company of animals to people; she’s unconventional, believing in the stars; and she is fond of the poetry of William Blake, from whose work the title of the book is taken. When members of a local hunting club are found murdered, Duszejko becomes involved in the investigation. By no means a conventional crime story, this existential thriller by ‘one of Europe’s major humanist writers’ (Guardian) offers thought-provoking ideas on our perceptions of madness, injustice against marginalized people, animal rights, the hypocrisy of traditional religion, belief in predestination – and caused a genuine political uproar in Tokarczuk’s native Poland.

Antonia Lloyd-Jones translates from Polish, and is the 2018 winner of the Transatlantyk Award for the most outstanding promoter of Polish literature abroad. She has translated works by several of Poland’s leading contemporary novelists and reportage authors, as well as crime fiction, poetry and children’s books. She is a mentor for the Emerging Translators’ Mentorship Programme, and former co-chair of the UK Translators Association.

‘Janina is such an unusual, engaging narrator that her nihilism is strangely cheering; this was one of the funniest books of the year.’

— 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

This event is part of the wider initiative, the Translation Exchange. Find out more:

https://www.queens.ox.ac.uk/translation-exchange

Translation Exchange | The Queen's College, Oxford

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The Queen’s College Translation Exchange brings together expertise in literary translation and outreach within the College, University, city, and country to develop a broad programme of translation-related activities for students, schools, and the public.

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