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HuNgeR. tRILoGIe MEInEr FaMILIe 3

Émile Zola, Luk Perceval

Armin Smailovic

The novels ‘Germinal’ (1885) and ‘La Bête Humaine’ (1890) provide the sources for the finale to the ‘Trilogy of my Family’. As key works of European naturalism they are among the best and most famous parts of Émile Zola’s life’s work, the Rougon-Macquart novels. They recount the fates of Etienne and Jacques, the two sons of the washerwoman Gervaise from the first part of the trilogy, ‘Love’, set in an age of industrialization and early capitalism.

Étienne finds work in a coal mine in northern France. Outraged by the inhuman living conditions he finds there and inspired by the idea of socialism, he instigates an uprising amongst the miners’ families. One section of the workers supports his strike, while another section attempts to negotiate with the mine-owners. When cheaper Belgian labourers are hired to repair the mine workings and the indignant workers attempt to stop them, the army intervenes.

His brother Jacques is a train driver who struggles with the impulse to kill women. As a result he leads a lonely life and the only affection he feels is towards his engine. Inadvertently he becomes a witness to a murder on board his train. However, he says nothing to the police and embarks on a love affair with the murderer’s wife.

Armin Smailovic/Ruhrtriennale 2017

Armin Smailovic/Ruhrtriennale 2017

Armin Smailovic/Ruhrtriennale 2017

Armin Smailovic/Ruhrtriennale 2017

Armin Smailovic/Ruhrtriennale 2017

Armin Smailovic/Ruhrtriennale 2017

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