Writers Who Read

3 May 2020

Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead
by Olga Tokarczuk

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4 Zoas

Auguries of Innocence - William Blake (34 of its 132 lines appear in Plow)

  • 1. To see a World in a Grain of Sand
  • 2. And a Heaven in a Wild Flower
  • 3. Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand
  • 4. And Eternity in an hour
  • 5. A Robin Red breast in a Cage
  • 6. Puts all Heaven in a Rage

  • 9. A dog starv’d at his Masters Gate
  • 10. Predicts the ruin of the State
  • 11. A Horse misus’d upon the Road
  • 12. Calls to Heaven for Human blood

  • 15. A Skylark wounded in the wing
  • 16. A Cherubim does cease to sing

  • 21. The wild deer, wand’ring here & there
  • 22. Keeps the Human Soul from Care

  • 35. He who torments the Chafers Sprite
  • 36. Weaves a Bower in endless Night

  • 39. Kill not the Moth nor Butterfly
  • 40. For the Last Judgment draweth nigh
  • 43. The Beggars Dog & Widows Cat
  • 44. Feed them & thou wilt grow fat

  • 67. Every Tear from Every Eye
  • 68. Becomes a Babe in Eternity
  • 69. This is caught by Females bright
  • 70. And return’d to its own delight
  • 71. The Bleat the Bark Bellow & Roar
  • 72. Are Waves that Beat on Heavens Shore

  • 93. The Questioner who sits so sly
  • 94. Shall never know how to Reply

  • 107. He who Doubts from what he sees
  • 108. Will ne’er Believe do what you Please
  • 109. If the Sun & Moon should Doubt
  • 110. They’d immediately Go out

  • 119. Every Night & every Morn
  • 120. Some to Misery are Born
  • 121. Every Morn and every Night
  • 122. Some are Born to sweet delight
  • 123. Some are Born to sweet delight
  • 124. Some are Born to Endless Night

Author/Publisher Intent

Stylistic Choices

Structure, Pacing

Climax - what changed?

Scene sleuthing

Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead - Olga Tokarczuk, trans. Antonia Lloyd-Jones

  • Marketing: Dark Humor, Literary Satire Fiction, Lawyers & Criminals Humor
  • Genre: Realistic, Modern-Day, Arch-Plot Long-Form
  • Word count: 77,226
  • Print Pages: 285
  • Reading Level: 8th grade

  • POV: Janina

  • Publish date (Polish): November 25, 2009
  • Publish date (English-UK): September 12, 2018
  • Publish date (English-US): August 13, 2019
  • Publisher: Riverhead Books
  • Sold By: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Prizes: Shortlist: 2019 International Booker Prize
    Longlist: 2019 National Book Award Translated Literature
    2019 Earphones Award for English Audiobook (narrated by Beata Poźniak)
    2018 Nobel Prize for Literature (awarded in 2019)
  • Adaptations: Spoor (film) 2017



  • from The Marriage of Heaven and Hell
  • - William Blake

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