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Jack London (1876-1916)

For most of his inspiration, Nekfeu looks not to urban culture but to literature. The opening track of his album Feu!, “Martin Eden”, pays homage to the protagonist of Jack London’s novel of the same name.  

To discover Jack London

Born in San Francisco in 1876, Jack London was raised on a ranch and lived in poverty throughout his childhood. His adventurous temperament led him to accept a job as a cabin boy on a ship at the age of 15. During his youth, he took any kind of job he could find to make ends meet, from oyster fisher and coast guard to seal hunter and gold miner.  This gold-mining experience was the inspiration for his first novel, the best-seller The Call of the Wild (1903) which describes the harsh world of gold miners in the far north. Based in Oakland, California to dedicate himself to writing, the author of White Fang nevertheless continued his travels to unknown places, even embarking upon a world tour in a boat to fulfill a lifelong dream.

Martin Eden tells the story of a working-class writer who makes his fortune when he falls in love with a young girl from the bourgeoisie, but for whom social climbing turns out not to bring happiness. The highly autobiographical novel is considered to be Jack London’s masterpiece. Nekfeu has said that he identifies with this self-taught character who decides to fill the gaps in his learning to conquer the aristocracy and then sees his destiny crumble as he achieves his goal. 

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