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The Books of Jacob
Hardcover - English

"Just as awe-inspiring as the Nobel judges claimed." - The Washington Post

"Olga Tokarczuk is one of our greatest living fiction writers. . . This could well be a decade-defining book akin to Bolaño's 2666." -AV Club

"Sophisticated and ribald and brimming with folk wit. . . The comedy in this novel blends, as it does in life, with genuine tragedy." -Dwight Garner, The New York Times

The Nobel Prize-winner's richest, most sweeping and ambitious novel yet follows the comet-like rise and fall of a mysterious, messianic religious leader as he blazes his way across eighteenth-century Europe.

In the mid-eighteenth century, as new ideas--and a new unrest--begin to sweep the Continent, a young Jew of mysterious origins arrives in a village in Poland. Before long, he has changed not only his name but his persona; visited by what seem to be ecstatic experiences, Jacob Frank casts a charismatic spell that attracts an increasingly fervent following. In the decade to come, Frank will traverse the Hapsburg and Ottoman empires with throngs of disciples in his thrall as he reinvents himself again and again, converts to Islam and then Catholicism, is pilloried as a heretic and revered as the Messiah, and wreaks havoc on the conventional order, Jewish and Christian alike, with scandalous rumors of his sect's secret rituals and the spread of his increasingly iconoclastic beliefs. The story of Frank--a real historical figure around whom mystery and controversy swirl to this day--is the perfect canvas for the genius and unparalleled reach of Olga Tokarczuk. Narrated through the perspectives of his contemporaries--those who revere him, those who revile him, the friend who betrays him, the lone woman who sees him for what he is--The Books of Jacob captures a world on the cusp of precipitous change, searching for certainty and longing for transcendence.

In a nod to books written in Hebrew, The Books of Jacob is paginated in reverse, beginning on p. 955 and ending on p. 1 - but read traditionally, front cover to back.

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ADDITIONAL INFO

ISBN
0593087488
EAN
9780593087480
Publisher
Publication Date
01/02/2022
Pages
992
Dimension
24.33cm x 16.79cm x 4.80cm
Age Group
NA to NA
Grades
Not Applicable to Not Applicable
Lexile Level
0
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About Author

Tokarczuk, Olga
Olga Tokarczuk was born in 1962 in Sulechow near Zielona Gora, Poland. A recipient of all of Poland's top literary awards, she is one of the most critically acclaimed authors of her generation. Since the publication of her first book, a collection of poems, in 1989, Tokarczuk has published nine volumes of stories, novellas, and novels and one book-length essay. Her novels PRIMEVAL AND OTHER TIMES and House of Day, House of Night has been translated into English by Antonia Lloyd-Jones. Tokarczuk is the recipient of the 2008 Nike Prize, Poland's national book award.




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