The Books of Jacob


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$35.00  $32.55
Riverhead Books
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6.61 X 9.58 X 1.89 inches | 2.88 pounds

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About the Author

Olga Tokarczuk has won the Nobel Prize in Literature and the International Booker Prize, among many other honors. She is the author of a dozen works of fiction, two collections of essays, and a children's book; her work has been translated into fifty languages.

Jennifer Croft won the 2020 William Saroyan International Prize for Writing for her illustrated memoir Homesick and the 2018 Booker International Prize for her translation of Olga Tokarczuk's Flights.


Advance praise for The Books of Jacob

"As crowded as a Bruegel painting. . . visionary. . . . Tokarczuk is wrestling with the biggest philosophical themes: the purpose of life on earth, the nature of religion, the possibility of redemption, the fraught and terrible history of eastern European Jewry. . . . A landmark." -The Guardian

"A kind of literary miracle." -The Times (UK)

"Nobel laureate Tokarczuk's magnum opus. . . . With language that's engaging, erudite, and spiced with witty colloquialisms and wonderful turns of phrase via Jennifer Croft's supple translation, Tokarczuk explores the state of being an outsider in places with fixed cultural boundaries. . . . A wealth of fine quotidian detail and brilliantly connected narrative threads draw the reader in. . . . masterful." -Booklist (starred review)

"Prodigious. ... Combining immense erudition to writing that is as fluid as it is poetic, [Tokarczuk] brings to life over the course of a thousand pages the epic story of a messianic group in a multicultural Poland." - Le Monde

"A literary-philosophical masterpiece" -Die Zeit

"The heaviest book of the year is also the best ... one day, [Tokarczuk] will receive the Nobel prize!"
-Helsingborgs Dagblad

"Can you write a 900-page novel that keeps you in suspense? Olga Tokarczuk succeeded." -Polityka