Oncle Sam l’a attrapée aussi

Nous savions la lupinose particulièrement globetrotteuse mais, jamais ô grand jamais, nous n’avions envisagé de déceler ses traces outre-Atlantique. Le site Hilobrow, critical-culture website fondé par Joshua Glenn en 2009, consacre deux ans plus un certain Alexandre Marius Jacob comme un de ses héros ! Le personnage, digne de Robin des Bois, plein de panache, fut parait-il un modèle pour … mais vous le saviez déjà. Reste plus qu’à vous essayer à la traduction si le coeur lupinien vous en dit. Oncle Sam a chopé la lupinose et nous pouvons espérer que sous peu Hollywood aussi.


Alexandre Jacob

By: Luc Sante | Categories: HiLo Heroes


Categories: HiLo Heroes

ALEXANDRE MARIUS JACOB (1879-1954) was a French illegalist anarchist whose avowed mission was to steal back from the major thieves: commerce, the aristocracy, the state. Although a lucid and articulate thinker and polemicist, he soon learned to avoid political milieux and cut to the chase, working with common criminals. He was by all accounts a phenomenal burglar – he was a model for the « gentleman-cambrioleur » Arsène Lupin. He had, for example, the panache to leave at the scenes of his crimes a calling card in the name of « Attila. » He devised the trick, often enacted in movies, of breaking into an apartment from the floor above by poking an umbrella through the ceiling and using it to catch the plaster. At one point he bought a hardware store, where he could dismantle safes at his leisure. But he was also famously Robin Hoodesque, redistributing the bulk of his takes to the poor. When he discovered that an intended victim was choked by debts, he left her 10,000 gold francs, and when he found that another one was a writer, he put everything back and left money for damages. Caught and sent to forced labor in French Guyana in 1903, he attempted escape seventeen times, and authorities complained about having to bring in new guards at frequent intervals, since he regularly converted his jailers to his principles. He spent his last few decades as a market peddler in rural France.

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