The Nine Lives of Jacob Fallada

The Nine Lives of Jacob Fallada

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The Nine Lives of Jacob Fallada is the story of an outsider, a lonely, misunderstood young artist who chronicles all the unpleasant things that happen to him in life. Abandoned by his parents, brought up be a tyrannical aunt, bullied at school, ostracized by the local community, nearly everyone Jacob comes into contact with takes an instant, (often) violent dislike towards him. Like Job from the bible, he is beaten and abused, manipulated and taken advantage of. Life, people, fate, circumstance force him deeper into his shell, deeper into the cocoon of his fledgling artistic work, where he records every significant event in sketches, paintings and short-form verse, documenting his own unique, eminently miserable human experience. At heart, he longs for companionship, intimacy, love, but is dealt so many blows he is too scared to reach out to anybody. On the fringes of society, he devotes himself solely to his art.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 160 pages
  • 133 x 203 x 9mm | 191g
  • English
  • 1733938818
  • 9781733938815

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The Nine Lives of Jacob Fallada hits the farcical heights it's aiming for. It's got plenty going for it, thanks to an excellent plot and an experienced wordsmith. A dark, bitter-sweet comedy drama with a distinctly cinematic feel to it. - Emerald Book Reviews

There are revelations and twists to keep you on our toes; The author, Neil Randall, is clearly out to confound our expectations, and in this work has done an excellent job of it. Not to be missed and highly recommended. -Atlantic Way Review
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