Jacob the Mutant

Jacob the Mutant

Mario Bellatin

Language: English

Pages: 156

ISBN: 1939419107

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Jacob the Mutant

Mario Bellatin

Language: English

Pages: 156

ISBN: 1939419107

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Conceived of as a set of fragmentary manuscripts from an unpublished Joseph Roth novel, Jacob the Mutant is a novella in a perpetual state of transformation — a story about a man named Jacob, an ersatz rabbi and owner of a roadside tavern. But when reality shifts, so does Jacob, mutating into another person entirely.

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learned that a distant cousin of his who lived in a relatively distant village specialized in that activity. Jacob left on his search. After a few days of investigating, he found him and, luckily, managed to convince him to stuff the beasts he had managed to maintain with such care in the Tiny Nocturnal Zoo. But upon returning to his village, Jacob returned to the news that his wife had left him. His wife had fled with someone—the young Anselm, who had helped her manage the tavern—a man who

fuzz that grew from his ears was so visible. On more than one occasion he said that from the time he arrived in the city where we were living, he had come to lose every hat that he had tried to start wearing. It seemed as though his inability to wear a hat was some sort of a vengeance. I think he even expressed as much to me on one occasion. That thought—my grandfather’s embarrassment for not wearing a hat, as was the custom—came to me fleetingly in one instant of the prayer I was immersed

cease to be strange that, during his ship’s passage through danger, there is no mention made of any fear of the Leviathan, that deep sea monster present in the majority of tales of this nature. Despite all else, the reference to the rocky place and the sheep is an element that cannot go unnoticed. Two years after his arrival, on one of the busiest streets, Jacob Pliniak stumbles not upon Norah Kimberley, but rather Julia, his old wife. The young Anselm has left her and she has a daughter named

Rose. The woman carries out small tasks for community members, but essentially lives off public charity. Jacob takes pity on her. He suggests that they travel to the West Coast together. That is where Abraham Pliniak is living, his spiritual brother, who more than once has sent a letter begging for a reunion. In a very short time, Abraham had managed to amass a small fortune buying land from the few colonists left in the region. He then sold it to a group of refugees seeking a permanent place to

Border Jacob Pliniak is presented to the reader as one of the simplest beings in the world. Considered a rabbi in his small community, he dedicates a good part of his day to teaching Scripture to the village families’ children. He is married to Julia and together they own a tavern called The Border. The young Anselm helps them with their tasks. The days are hectic. Jacob Pliniak rises at dawn. Following the ritual prayers, and his baths—fully clothed and with cold water, as if a personal

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