About the Program
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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“Spiced with witty colloquialisms and wonderful turns of phrase ... Tokarczuk explores the state of being an outsider in places with fixed cultural boundaries.”—Booklist