This article explores the use of anger as a modus operandi of the protagonist in Olga Tokarczuk’s Prowadź twój pług przez kości umarłych [Drive your plow over the bones of the dead, 2009] and discusses the significance of intertextual indebtedness of the novel to William Blake’s poetry and the Romantic approach to anger for the construction of the plot and the main character. In order to achieve these ends, it elaborates on the generic provenance of Tokaruczk’s novel and provides a brief overview of Western approaches to anger. Attention to gendered aspects of noir fiction and the construction of anger in the Western tradition brings to light cultural presuppositions which affect the assessment of the vengeful impulse of the protagonist and which have possibly influenced the reception of the novel in Poland and abroad.

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