Olga Tokarczuk longlisted for International Booker Prize 2022
Nobel laureate Olga Tokarczuk's epic novel The Books of Jacob (Fitzcarraldo Editions), which has been called her “magnum opus”, and took Jennifer Croft seven years to translate, is longlisted for the International Booker Prize 2022. The book follows the story of charismatic Jewish eighteenth-century mystic Jacob Frank and an Eastern Europe swept by new ideas. Olga Tokarczuk won the award in 2018 for her novel Flights, translated by Jennifer Croft. In the same year, Tokarczuk won the Nobel Prize in Literature, for what the Nobel Prize described as "a narrative imagination that with encyclopaedic passion represents the crossing of boundaries as a form of life."
The International Booker is award each year to a single fiction book – either a novel or short story collection. Chair of judges Frank Wynne said that "spending the past year in the company of some of the world’s great writers and their equally gifted translators has been a kind of heaven. From the intimate to the epic, the numinous to the profane, the books make up a passionately debated longlist that traces a ring around the world."
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