Olga Tokarczuk and Katja Riemann on Jacob Frank


lit.COLOGNE 2020

Olga Tokarczuk and Katja Riemann on Jacob Frank

Polish German

Nobel Prize winner Olga Tokarczuk has written what is likely her most important novel: The Books of Jacob. For some, he was a wise man and a messiah; for others, he was a charlatan and heretic. Jacob Frank, leader of his own mystical movement of Frankists, was determined to finally open his people, the Jews of Eastern Europe, to the modern world. Jacob gathered thousands of followers and made thousands of enemies. And in this book, all of them – admirers and adversaries – tell the incredible life story of this itinerant, who could not stick to one religion or one place for very long. Tokarczuk has created a dazzling portrait of a controversial figure and a panoramic view of a crisis-ridden world on the verge of modernity. But her lively novel is also an absolutely perfect book for our times, since it makes us question what a fair world would look like. Host: Olga Mannheimer

  • Saturday 21 March

    21. March 2020

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Katja Riemann

Actress and singer Katja Riemann was born and grew up near Bremen.…


Olga Mannheimer

Born in Warsaw, Olga Mannheimer lives in Munich, where she works a…


Olga Tokarczuk

Olga Tokarczuk was born in 1962 in Sulechów, Poland. She studied …



Die Jakobsbücher

Die Jakobsbücher

Olga Tokarczuk

Aus dem Polnischen von Lisa Palmes, Lothar Quinkenstein

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