Tuesday, February 1, 2022, 4:00PM ET
Olga Tokarczuk presents The Books of Jacob
In conversation with Jennifer Croft & Anderson Tepper
Live via Zoom. Free with RSVP through Brooklyn Public Library
Co-presented with Greenlight Bookstore, Brooklyn Public Library's February International Writers series features Olga Tokarczuk, author of The Books of Jacob, and translator and writer Jennifer Croft, as they discuss Tokarczuk’s magnum opus with Anderson Tepper.
Originally published in Poland in 2014, The Books of Jacob is Nobel Laureate Olga Tokarczuk’s masterwork that first earned her the attention of the Swedish Academy, which hailed her “narrative imagination that with encyclopedic passion represents the crossing of boundaries as a form of life.” Translated by Jennifer Croft, the novel examines the legacy of Jacob Frank, a mid-eighteenth century Jewish mystic whose eventful life will crisscross Europe and its empires, straddle religions, and become enshrouded in controversy and mystery. Monumental in scope, The Books of Jacob is an ecstatic odyssey through a changing world in search of transcendence.
Olga Tokarczuk won the 2018 Nobel Prize in Literature and the 2018 Man Booker International 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. She lives in Poland.
Jennifer Croft won the 2018 Man Booker International Prize for her translation of Olga Tokarczuk’s Flights and the William Saroyan International Prize for Writing for her memoir, Homesick. She lives in Los Angeles.
Anderson Tepper is co-chair of the International Committee of the Brooklyn Book Festival and has written for The New York Times Book Review, Vanity Fair, World Literature Today, and Words without Borders, among other publications.
Registered audience members will receive a Zoom link prior to the event.
Books are available to order for direct-to-home shipping or in-store pickup.
Greenlight is delighted to offer signed-bookplate copies of The Books of Jacob for in-store pickup ONLY! In order to secure a signed copy, you MUST indicate in the Order Comments section at checkout that you'd like a signed copy, otherwise you may receive an unsigned book. Signed books will be available for pickup on February 1st.
Olga Tokarczuk photo © Lukasz Giza; Jennifer Croft photo © Chris Offutt
“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)
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