Order No. 184 Benign Duplicates. Diaries (1962) And Photographs (1954–1993) From The Archive Of Nikolai Kozakov
Softcover, 200 × 260 mm, 128 pages, first edition of 10 copies. English.
In writing down his every step, Kozakov remains unknowable, like outer space — the conquest of which he devotes so much attention to in his notes. Who is he? A man of the ‘60s? An intellectual wretch? Your father’s older brother? Anti-Semite? Loser? Poet? Extraterrestrial? The diary is clearly not intended for anyone else to read: Kozakov writes it for himself and remains hermitically sealed within its text, exposing the reader to the principal and tragic impenetrability of “the Other.” Kozakov’s peculiar relationship with reality has no parallel in today’s world. It is like a message in a bottle that he sent not 50, but 500 years ago 〈Maria Kuvshinova, “A Little Life”〉