Olga Tokarczuk, born 1962, is one of Poland’s leading writers. She has produced innovative fiction since 1989, when her early efforts were inspired by her work as a practicing therapist. In 1998, her House of Day, House of Night, translated into English by Antonia Lloyd-Jones, won international critical and popular acclaim for its fractured structure and heartfelt storytelling style. Her most recent book, Runners, is much in the same vein, though as the title suggests, this latest effort is interested less in the idea of home and more in the idea of escape, and of the unceasing sensation of being in transit that currently characterizes the world. The title is taken from the name of a nineteenth-century Orthodox sect in Russia predicated upon the idea that it is only through constant motion that evil can be escaped.