EVENT IS CANCELED - Meet us at the International English Library Düsseldorf instead: Event Info Here
This month, we will be reading 'Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead' by Olga Tokarczuk.
"This marvelously weird and fablelike mystery, originally published in Poland a decade ago and now translated into English by Antonia Lloyd-Jones, opens in the dead of winter on a remote Polish plateau so close to the Czech Republic the phone signal crosses it “with no regard for the national borders.” Emergency operators pick up in the wrong country, which is a problem for the novel’s cantankerous narrator, Janina Duszejko, the caretaker for the seven summer homes that dot the plateau. Locals see her as “an old woman, gone off her rocker living in this wilderness. Useless and unimportant.” She spends her days poring over the poetry of William Blake and “The Complete Ephemerides, 1920-2020.” Her socialization is limited, her empathy reserved for inanimate objects (a refurbished house “looked as if it wanted to be left in peace to carry on decomposing”) and animals, which “show the truth about a country.”"
All readers are welcome. RSVP to receive the meeting information - depending on the current COVID situation, we will either meet on Zoom or in person.
October 22, 2022 at 1:00pm - 2:30pm Berlin Time
Aileen Dinin ·
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