Interesting collection of mini narrations, only eight lines each, that have as a common thread a banal object: a suitcase.
It will pass through many hands for more than a century (from 1890 until 2011). It will be the silent witness of all the events humanity has experienced as well as sociocultural changes – industrialisation, migration waves, wars, rock & roll, vintage design…- without being a part of them.
With a concise prose, objective illustrations and a flawless edition (each page is accompanied directly by the year), the book offers a convincing overview of the cultural evolution to whoever reads it, without lecturing or moral judgments.
It does nonetheless contain an explanatory chronology in the end, in the form of an appendix.