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.