Fitzcarraldo and Volume release special edition of Tokarczuk's epic

Fitzcarraldo and Volume release special edition of Tokarczuk's epic

Fitzcarraldo Editions has partnered with publishing platform Volume to release a collector's edition of The Books of Jacob by Olga Tokarczuk. 

The edition will be an English translation by International Booker Prize-winning translator Jennifer Croft. The signed gift item runs over 900 pages and will be limited to 1,000 copies, only available via pre-order from Volume from 14th October.

First published in Polish in 2014, The Books of Jacob is the International Booker Prize-winner's ninth novel, and follows the story of Jacob Frank. In the mid-18th century, as new ideas begin to sweep the continent, a young Jewish man of mysterious origins arrives in a village in Poland. "Before long, he has changed not only his name but his persona; visited by what seem to be ecstatic experiences, Jacob Frank casts a charismatic spell that attracts an increasingly fervent following," the synopsis explains. 

"In the decade to come, Frank will traverse the Hapsburg and Ottoman empires, throngs of disciples in his thrall as he reinvents himself again and again, converts to Islam and then Catholicism, is pilloried as a heretic and revered as the Messiah, and wreaks havoc on the conventional order, Jewish and Christian alike, with scandalous rumours of his sect’s secret rituals and the spread of his increasingly iconoclastic beliefs."

Fitzcarraldo editions art director Ray O'Meara created a boxed edition of the text, featuring an exposed binding wrapped in cloth dyed in the Fitzcarraldo colourway, and imprinted with the publisher's logo inspired by 16th-century Flemish and Dutch imprints.

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