Skirball Cultural Center Presents: Olga Tokarczuk—The Books of Jacob

The Story of Eighteenth-Century Cult Leader Jacob Frank | Online Talk

Sunday, February 13, 12:00 pm (PT)

Nobel Prize–winning author and activist Olga Tokarczuk joins us online from Poland to discuss her magnum opus, The Books of Jacob, with the novel’s Polish-to-English translator, author Jennifer Croft, and LA’s favorite literary curator, Louise Steinman.

This sweeping story follows the comet-like rise and fall of Jacob Frank, a real-life messianic religious figure, as he blazes his way across eighteenth-century Europe. Narrated through the perspectives of his contemporaries—those who revere him, those who revile him—The Books of Jacob captures a world on the cusp of precipitous change, searching for certainty and longing for transcendence.

 

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By Olga Tokarczuk, Jennifer Croft (Translated by)
$35.00
ISBN: 9780593087480
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Published: Riverhead Books - February 1st, 2022