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Read & Download È PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Ú Olga Tokarczuk Prowadź swój pług przez kości umarłych Summary ¾ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Janina Duszejko es una ingeniera de caminos retirada ue enseña inglés en la escuela rural de Kotlina Klodzka una región montañosa del suroeste de Poloni. Never underestimate the strength and fortitude of middle age ladies What makes this novel stand out is precisely its unusual protagonist single eccentric living in the woods with her astrology A woman we would pass on the street and ignore like many do in the telling of the tale much to their own disadvantageJanine hates her name and loves giving her own names to folks in her lifeThe naming of Big Foot occured in a similar way It was uite straightforward it suggested itself to me when I saw his footprints in the snowUnfortunately I couldn t choose a suitable name for myself I regard that the one that s written on my identity card as scandalously wrong for me and unfair Janina I think my real name is Emily or Joanna Sometimes I think it s something like Irmtrude too Or Bellona Or Medea p 19 The mention of Medea is particularly significant in what followsShe is uite alone and saddened when she tries to save an abused animal which returns to its abusive home when she opens her door That was the last I d seen of her I d called her annoye at letting myself be led up the garden path so easily and helpless in the path of the sinister workings of bondage I d started to put on my boots but that terrible gray morning alarmed me Sometimes I feel as if we re living inside a tomb a large spacious one for lots of people I looked at the world wreathed in gray Murk cold and nasty The prison is not outside but inside each of us Perhaps we simply don t know how to live without it p 32 I found this a nice update to Nietsche s abyssHer concept of spirituality is Kantian to a degreeAnd it will unfold for us for it is our mother this Light and we came from it We even carry a particle of it within us each of us even Big Foot So in fact death should please us p 39Many times in the book Janine observes nature very carefully and sees the interdependency of relationships see page 98 for some aspects of the life of certain birds This reminded me a bit of The Overstory in that nature is very important to the action in the book The book is populated with characters such as Good News who has a shop that Janine adores and the existential Dentist who performs surgery illegally out in a yard p 136 and her best friend Dizzy who translates William Blake poetry with JanineWhat I liked was her keen sense of observation such as the overuse of expressions by people These words or phrases are the key to their intellect Mr Apparently Mr Generally Mrs Probably Mr Fucking Mrs Don t You Think Mr As If The President was Mr In Truth Of course there are entire fashions for some words just like the ones that for some crazy reason suddenly everyone start going about in identical shows or clothes people just as suddenly start using one particular word or phrase Recently the word generally was fashionable but now actually is out in front p 185 I think this is the kind of observation I could have read in KOK or DFWThere is also a great deal of humor and irony particularly in her various appeals to the police such as the letter about various trials of animals throughout history p 190 She has some interesting theories The psyche is our defense system it makes sure we ll never understand what s going on around us Its main task is to filter information even though the capabilities of our brains are enormous For it would be impossible to carry the weight of this knowledge Because every tiny particle of the world is made of suffering p 225This is a powerful piece of literature and I am definitely intrigued and want to read by this author

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Read & Download È PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Ú Olga Tokarczuk Prowadź swój pług przez kości umarłych Summary ¾ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook A Cuando la rutina del pueblo se ve interrumpida por una serie de asesinatos ue tienen como víctimas a varios cazadores furtivos Janina apasionada de la as. Now shortlisted for the Man Booker International Prize 2019This is the second book by Olga Tokarczuk to be published in translation by Fitzcarraldo Editions The previous one Flights deservedly won this year s Man Booker International prize and is my favourite of all the books I have read this year This one is very different but just as interesting in some ways it is closer in spirit to Primeval and Other Times the second Tokarczuk novel to be translated into EnglishThe translation is by Antonia Lloyd Jones who is English so I was a little surprised by the spelling of the striking title Those who know their William Blake well may recognise it as a uotation and indeed Blake takes a major role in the book The epigraphs which begin each chapter are all uotations from Blake s poems and one character is translating Blake into Polish At one point four attempts at translating a stanza are uoted which must have been uite a challenge to translate back into English In addition to the title uotation which appears in a pivotal chapter near the end of the book the word plough occurs twice in the book both spelled the modern English way once when describing a ploughed field and once for the constellationThe narrator Janina Duszejko is a brilliant creation a woman in her 60s who lives in an isolated hamlet near the Czech border which is almost deserted in winter She acts as a caretaker for various summer residents and prefers animals to humansAt the start of the book she is woken by her neighbour Oddball to investigate the death of another neighbour Big Foot a poacher who appears to have choked to death This is the first of a number of deaths of those involved in hunting in the area and the narrator ascribes them to the revenge of the animals and her attempts to persuade the police to listen are largely ignored She also believes that all of the deaths have been predicted by astrology her other main interest The narrator has many other eccentricities for example she hates her own name particularly being addressed as Janina and she prefers to name people for herself using nicknames unless she feels their names fit them especially well Another uirk of the text is the uasi Biblical usage of initial capital letters to stress particular improper nouns for example her AilmentsThis description barely hints at how rich allusive and atmospheric the story is and the dark denouement is fitting

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Read & Download È PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Ú Olga Tokarczuk Prowadź swój pług przez kości umarłych Summary ¾ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Trología defensora a ultranza de los animales y obsesionada por la obra del poeta William Blake intentará resolver por su cuenta los misteriosos crímenes. Drive Your Plow has been described as one of Olga Tokarczuk s lighter novels written between the experimental Flights and The Books of Jacob as she said in this interview but this literary crime story narrated by an eccentric animal lover in her 60s is still full of ideas Some things were easy to say about the book It has gorgeous descriptions of nature In this it s similar to the writing of Andrzej Stasiuk another major contemporary Polish author who like Olga Tokarczuk left Warsaw to move to the Tatra mountain border regions Although Tokarczuk was born near the area where she now lives Both writers incorporate the rural landscape and the culture of the border area into their work If you are an English language reader with heritage in the hills of southern of Poland you are rather spoilt for choice it s not often that there is such an abundance of translated writing from such sparsely populated areas far from major cities Parts of Drive Your Plow contain intensely reflective and philosophical insights Especially near the beginning there s a paragraph worth highlighting and remembering on every page These seem hint at why Tokarczuk s longer novel Flights won this year s International Booker and why The Books of Jacob has been so eagerly awaited by English readers of complex fiction Some of the novel especially after the early chapters is of a pacy literary crime story and less overtly philosophical Which makes it a faster lighter read overall than it may seem from the opening pages however this may disappoint readers hoping for something structurally experimental all the way through I m grateful to Katia s review which I read before the novel itself it was invaluable in explaining that the narrator of Drive Your Plow is a riff on a 1990s East European trend for light ironic novels featuring female detectives I couldn t help but see this through the lens of the English cosy mystery subgenre as descended from Miss Marple but undoubtedly there are differences in the Polish euivalent which an English reader is unaware of The ueen of 20th century Polish crime writing the late Joanna Chmielewska has not been translated to English as yet Seeing Drive Your Plow as a satire on old lady cosy mysteries made me look forward to reading it it seemed like an easy way into Tokarczuk s work so than Flights which had been talked up as formidable or the two other books of hers which I d already owned for years and which had become ought to reads at least as much as want to reads And as it turned out I loved what Tokarczuk added to the cosy mystery concept twists politics and amplification of traits that popular culture associates with older women living alone but which it does not necessarily respect including a mad cat lady love of all animals not just cats Pani Duszejko is actually a dog owner and a belief in superstitions and the supernatural The narrator is not as safe and sweet as your typical cosy mystery heroine There is also another feminist twist on crime fiction in general in Drive Your Plow the murder victims are middle aged and older men not the usual young women or childrenIn literary fiction making astrology prominent in a narrative can get people s backs up as it did with Eleanor Catton s 2013 Booker Winner The Luminaries I mean this isn t romance or commercial women s fiction is it On a personal level I find horoscopes pernicious they can be an insidious nuisance when combined with a phase of OCD type issues But when they are used as complex motifs in a literary novel I think the snobbery they provoke is excessive Some have described this snobbery as sexist although perhaps it is also sexist to align astrology so strongly with women I doubt that heavy use of for example Renaissance alchemy and its symbolism in a work of fiction would irritate the same people to the same extent Astrology is similarly a system of symbols and interactions one well known in current pop culture It has a place in fiction just like other features of pop culture disliked by some readers of serious novels I daresay Olga Tokarczuk thought about all this as well as hardline Polish Catholic clergy s dislike of astrology when she decided to put it in Drive Your Plow although she wouldn t have known that the novel would be translated to English at a time when astrology is gaining in popularity among younger peopleJanina seemed so similar although not I hasten to add in her most extreme actions to a couple of women whose posts I d read years ago in pet forums that I wondered if the translator had read the same forums and taken inspiration from the writing style of these people She shares other characteristics with them beyond narrative voice a level of intelligence and expertise in her chosen interests which a lot of people wouldn t think a mad cat lady type would have and anger and hardcore views about animal rights usually associated with recently converted young vegans It turns out that a linguistic similarity the capitalisation of certain nouns such as Animals was present in the original Polish novel thank you GR Agnieszka Later in the book extended English prose uotations from William Blake Janina s favourite author of whom she makes unpublished Polish translations as a hobby indicated that he was actually the inspiration behind her capitalisations He was writing at a time when this capitalisation was accepted and not necessarily an indicator of personal eccentricity corporate brand speak or of a story for children as it is now Since reading Drive Your Plow and this review I ve also read Henry Fielding s Tom Jones 1749 in the Penguin edition that preserves the original capitalisation and where it is used for every Noun Blake writing decades later was selective about his use of capsFor all its positives I also thought the book might be shooting itself in the foot while trying to do too many clever things in one go The plot twist seemed to undermine the novel s causes greater respect for women like Janina for environmental and animal rights activism and opposition to conservative Catholicism This comes to an aspect of the book that I found tricky to write about I revised draft reviews than once in the hope of being both true to my own views and diplomatic about religion In the end the latter became easier I realised that whilst historically the Christian doctrine of man s dominion over the animals can be seen as background to the current environmental situation the exploitation of nature is nowadays criticised by some prominent clergy Although this varies greatly by country and denomination in general there are practices various branches of Christianity used to support and which they no longer condone Sweeping judgements about the entire religion are one of the ways in which the narrator goes too far Although to an anticlerical Pole reading Plow when it was first published ten years ago and anticlericalism has a long tradition in Polish intellectual life these views may not have sounded unfairly sweeping Many of these ecologically minded Christian developments happened since the book s first publication and in other countries Traditional Polish Catholicism was and is very different church from the 2000s Church of England with its fair trade craft fairs Anglicanism is a denomination for which it has been no great leap to speak out about the environment Drive Your Plow is ambiguous about what is heroism and what is villainy In this it has similarities to the Channel 4 series Utopia with its plot relating to human overpopulation By showing a character whom most would consider to be going too far it prompts its audience at any rate those who agree that there is an underlying issue to consider where they think lines should be drawn and what might be done in the real world I felt that Drive Your Plow through its ambiguous narrative tone has potential to appeal to readers who disagree with Janina s views on animal rights as well as those broadly sympathetic although in practice I am not sure if that has been borne outOne could say that Tokarczuk was using the novel s ambiguity to protect herself given the far greater conservatism on animal rights issues in Poland as compared with Britain But in Poland the novel was not received as ambiguous It apparently led to new debate about hunting according to an interview with Tokarczuk earlier in 2018 Hunting has become a hot political issue in Poland since the novel was published but at the time few were thinking about it Some people said that once again Tokarczuk is an old crazy woman doing weird things but then this big discussion started on the internet about what we can do about this very patriarchal Catholic tradition Thank you to Neil s review for prompting me to look at this interviewThe pro hunting clerical tradition represented by the priest in Drive Your Plow remains alive and well in Poland and was influencing political policy seven years after the book s publication in favour of logging at the once revered ancient Bia owie a Forest Sections of the Catholic and Orthodox churches have played a partisan role in the debate with a passage from Genesis be fruitful and multiply replenish the earth and subdue it often used to justify increased loggingOne orthodox priest from Hajn wka Leonid Szeszko recently called for scientific environmental and NGOs which opposed the logging plans to be bannedSzyszko who has championed the logging law is a regular guest on the ultra conservative Radio Maria a Catholic radio station and appears at conferences with a priest garbed in a forester s green uniformEven if one reads with awareness of this the prevailing attitudes detailed in the book seem old fashioned and sometimes downright strange from a British perspective I doubt it would be generally considered extreme or weird to make meticulous reports about infractions of hunting byelaws in the UK even if some locals in some areas might not be receptive And in UK cities it is pretty common to be vegetarian like Janina or vegan Fur farming another sub plot in Drive Your Plow has been illegal in Britain for about 15 years now and was already in decline before that It was uite eye opening to see how differently these things were evidently regarded by the majority in Poland The hunt chaplain s sermon seemed almost medieval Nor in contemporary Britain would the established church be considered the primary upholder of man s dominion over the animals as the Polish Catholic Church is in Drive Your Plow The CofE is both less influential and rather different in its prevailing politics I wrote in a draft a couple of weeks before posting this review that it was inconceivable that former Archbishop of Canterbury and national treasure Rowan Williams would utter anything like Father Rustle s sermon Then emphasising this in the intervening fortnight Williams spoke out in support of Extinction Rebellion a new protest movement calling for government action on climate change It wouldn t be correct either to take the book s view of the Polish Catholic church as globally characteristic of Catholicism even if conservative Catholicism is influential in some countries Semantically being against nature conservation always seems a very poor use of the word conservative Famously there was Pope Francis 2015 encyclical Laudato si a follow up to Polish Pope John Paul II s 1990 message The Ecological Crisis There are also smaller initiatives including a number of orders of nuns making active efforts to live sustainablyIn Plow the conservative Catholicism of Father Rustle and the hunters needs to be set against the narrator as a folkloricpagan symbol in herself I had passing thoughts of the crone aspect of the Celtic neopagan triple goddess but this was a Polish book so it didn t seem terribly relevant Mimi s excellent review points out among other things that Janina is a Jungian crone and makes a highly plausible connection with Baba Yaga I was kicking myself for not having thought of Baba Yaga Thus the narrator could also be connected loosely with Slavic neopaganism a small movement which tends to be openly critical of Christianity than is contemporary Western paganism Incidentally this is the first time since veganism became a major social trend that I ve encountered a novel with a narrator who might be on the wavelength of hardcore vegans ie the people who post confrontationally under Guardian cookery articles about meat or who actively campaign Actually have I ever There is surprisingly little about vegetarianism and veganism in novels considering how common they are among urban creative people in the global North Anyway it would be interesting to hear what young vegans who were into astrology thought of Drive Your Plow Janina is in tune with their views than most fictional characters of her age but is her ambiguity too discomfitingIn yet another of her interviews for the Guardian during 2018 Olga Tokarczuk mentioned that Leonora Carrington s The Hearing Trumpet was one of her favourite books and an influence on Drive Your Plow I read it not long before Plow I d been thinking of reading The Hearing Trumpet for years and here was a good reason The parallels between the two books are evident now a month after finishing Plow than they did in close up while I was reading Tokarczuk s book Transparently both are about older female protagonists who are not taken seriously by many of the other characters but they are centred and respected by their respective first person narratives They are not the kind of unreliable narrators that seem crafted to show up and trip up the protagonists even if it is evident that the other characters don t see them as they see themselves Both books are somewhat ambiguous andor potentially shooting themselves in the foot they kind of celebrate their heroines as interesting women who don t follow societal norms and who should be listened to alongside indicating why many people even sympathetic people might disregard their views to some extent Tokarczuk has also used ambiguity or rather tact and subtlety in the allusive matter of Janina s ailments But this ambiguity is also what makes these books art rather than merely socio political arguments and campaigns They don t provide the easy arguments one might like them to As in The Hearing Trumpet people with dementia may be imagining fascinating worlds inside their heads and they deserve to live in a friendly environment that meets their needs and to be taken seriously but the dementia can also make it difficult to keep them anchored in the real world and to be sure what they say is real Old ladies obsessed with animals may be intelligent people who ve had interesting repsonsible jobs and be driven campaigners but they might go too far and occasionally in serious ways than in writing endless complaint letters in the proverbial green ink And the I think about the idea of Janina as Baba Yaga the coherent the novel s ambiguity seemsI ve owned other books by Olga Tokarczuk for several years but this new one is the first of hers I ve actually read I was impressed though given that Plow is one of her lighter efforts and still contained so much it did not make me much less daunted by the prospect of reading Flights which had been steadily sweeping 2018 s translation shortlists before iteg Czes aw Mi osz History of Polish Literature pxiv a curious dichotomy a or less permanent trait of Polish letters namely an emotional moralism obviously nourished by a strong residue of Christian ethics has coexisted with anti clericalism and an utter skepticism as to any dogmas religious or politicalRead Sept Oct 2018 reviewed Nov 2018 revised March 2019 for clarity style and to incorporate points from comments about Polish anticlericalism and Janina as crone


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