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Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead

by Olga Tokarczuk

Hunters start to get murdered in a remote Polish village in the mountains by the Czech border. An old lady is caught up, with her friends, in the mayhem. No-one is really sure what is going on. The old lady tries to convince the police that it is the animals getting their revenge. And there are certainly some very spooky animals about. This enjoyable environmental murder mystery caused quite a stir when published in Poland - well worth a try.

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For the first time since moving here I locked the door and windows. At once the house felt stuffy. I couldn't get to sleep. It was early June, so the Nights were already warm and scented. I felt as if I had been locked up for life in the boiler room. I listened out for footsteps around the house, analysed every rustle and jumped at every snap of a twig. The Night magnified the subtlest sounds, changed them into grunts, groans, voices. I think I was terrified. For the first time since coming to live here.
Translated by Antonia Lloyd-Jones

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