Tokarczuk was the winner of the Man Booker International prize for her first translated collection ‘Flights’. This novel is equally amazing, a dark feminist who-dunnit. Based on the poet William Blake’s writings about animal rights this crime novel subverts everything it touches.
In a remote Polish village, Janina Duszejko, an eccentric woman in her sixties, recounts the events surrounding the disappearance of her two dogs. She is reclusive, preferring the company of animals to people; she’s unconventional, believing in the stars; and she is fond of the poetry of William Blake, from whose work the title of the book is taken. When members of a local hunting club are found murdered, Duszejko becomes involved in the investigation. By no means a conventional crime story, this existential thriller caused a genuine political uproar in Tokarczuk’s native Poland.