The books of Jacob : or: A fantastic journey across seven borders, five languages, and three major religions, not counting the minor sects. Told by the dead, supplemented by the author, drawing from a range of books, and aided by imagination, the which being the greatest natural gift of any person. That the wise might have it for a record, that my compatriots reflect, laypersons gain some understanding, and melancholy souls obtain some slight enjoyment
- ISBN: 0593332520
- ISBN: 9780593332528
- ISBN: 0593087488
- ISBN: 9780593087480
 pages : illustrations, map ; 25 cm
- Edition: First American edition.
- Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, 2022.
- Copyright: ©2021
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Pages are numbered backward starting with 964 and ending with 2.
Originally published in Poland as Księgi Jakubowe by Wydawnictwo Literackie, Kraków, in 2014. English language edition first published in Great Britain by Fitzcarraldo Editions, London, in 2021.
|Bibliography, etc. Note:||Includes bibliographical references (pages 7-5).|
|Formatted Contents Note:||Prologue -- I. The book of fog -- II. The book of sand -- III. The book of the road -- IV. The book of the comet -- V. The book of metal and sulfur -- VI. The book of the distant country -- VII. The book of names.|
|Summary, etc.:||"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"--|
Noble Prize in Literature, 2018
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