“The Life of Jacob” by Christophe Boltanski – Culture


Fritz Goettler

You are a survivor, the narrator explains several times, addressing the “hero” of his book directly, the aloof Jacob B’chiri, whose life – the Life, not life, plural not singular! – be explored here. Document of this survival is an album with photos of Jacob, not a collection of snapshots from various times and situations, but a series of passport photos from the machine, lined up with monotonous persistence.

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