Author Olga Tokarczuk joins us for a Q&A about her latest novel, Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead, following a rare screening of Spoor, the 2017 film adaptation of the book by acclaimed director Agnieszka Holland (Europa, Europa) and starring Tomasz Kot (Cold War).
Tokarczuk is the 2018 winner of the Man International Booker Prize, the first Polish writer to do so, for her novel Flights. Drive Your Plow... is hotly anticipated and is published for the first time in English translation this year, by Fitzcarraldo Editions.
Retired civil engineer Duszejko lives a secluded life in a mountain village close to the border between Poland and the Czech Republic. She is charismatic and eccentric, a passionate astrologer and a strict vegetarian. One day her beloved dogs disappear. On a snowy winter's night shortly afterwards she discovers the dead body of her neighbour and, next to it, deer tracks. More men die in a similarly mysterious way. All of them were pillars of the village community, and all were passionate hunters. Were these men killed by wild animals? Or has someone been provoked to pursue a bloody vendetta? At some point Duszejko herself comes under suspicion…
With thanks to Fitzcarraldo Editions and Beta Cinema. Supported by the Polish Cultural Institute in London.