Translated by Antonia Lloyd-Jones
Illustrated by Joanna Concejo
The first book for readers of all ages from Nobel Prize-winning author Olga Tokarczuk –– a beautifully illustrated meditation on finding fulfillment in an indifferent society.
Bologna Ragazzi Award, Special Mention 2018
Prix de l'Union Internationale pour les Livres de Jeunesse (IBBY)
The White Raven (IJB Munich)
"Once upon a time there was a man who worked very hard and very quickly, and who had left his soul far behind him long ago. In fact his life was all right without his soul––he slept, ate, worked, drove a car and even played tennis. But sometimes he felt as if the world around him were flat, as if he were moving across a smooth page in a math book that was covered in evenly spaced squares... " ––from The Lost Soul
The Lost Soul is a deeply moving reflection on our capacity to live in peace with ourselves, to remain patient, attentive to the world. It is a story that beautifully weaves together the voice of the Nobel Prize-winning Polish novelist Olga Tokarczuk and the finely detailed pen-and-ink drawings of illustrator Joanna Concejo, who together create a parallel narrative universe full of secrets, evocative of another time. Here a man has forgotten what makes his heart feel full. He moves to a house away from all that is familiar to him to wait for his soul to return.
The Lost Soul is a sublime album, a rare delicacy that will delight readers young and old.
"You must find a place of your own, sit there quietly and wait for your soul."