The Books of Jacob
Olga Tokarczuk

An exclusive collector’s edition of the magisterial novel by the Nobel Prize–winning author
464remaining of 1000 £95.00

Overview

In the mid-eighteenth century, as new ideas begin to sweep the continent, a young Jewish man 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, 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 rumours of his sect’s secret rituals and the spread of his increasingly iconoclastic beliefs. The Books of Jacob follows the story of Frank through the perspectives of his contemporaries, capturing Enlightenment Europe on the cusp of precipitous change, searching for certainty and longing for transcendence.
Produced in collaboration with Fitzcarraldo Editions, this collector’s edition of the long-awaited English-language edition, translated from the Polish by International Booker Prize–winning translator Jennifer Croft and signed by the author, is limited to only 1000 copies. Enlarged from the paperback version available in bookstores, Volume’s elegant edition features an exposed binding and is presented in a box covered in real cloth dyed in the coveted Fitzcarraldo blue colourway.
This edition is not available for purchase in the United States, U.S. Territories and possessions, Canada, Australia or New Zealand.

Specification

275 × 175 mm
920 pages
Softback with exposed binding
Clothbound clamshell box
Ultra-lightweight paper stock
Signed by the author
Individually numbered
Ultra-lightweight paper stock

Publisher

Fitzcarraldo Editions

Profile

Founded in 2014, Fitzcarraldo Editions is an independent publisher specialising in contemporary fiction and long-form essays. It focuses on ambitious, imaginative and innovative writing, both in translation and in the English language.

Meet the author: Olga Tokarczuk

Olga Tokarczuk is the author of nine novels, three short-story collections and has been translated into forty-five languages. Her novel Flights won the 2018 International Booker Prize, in Jennifer Croft’s translation. In 2019, she was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. The Books of Jacob is her third book with Fitzcarraldo Editions.

Meet the author: Jennifer Croft

Jennifer Croft was awarded the International Booker Prize in 2018 and was a National Book Award Finalist for her translation from Polish of Olga Tokarczuk’s Flights. She is the recipient of Fulbright, PEN, MacDowell, and National Endowment for the Arts grants and fellowships, as well as the inaugural Michael Henry Heim Prize for Translation and a Tin House Workshop Scholarship for her memoir Homesick.

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