Published on : 18/12/2020 – 16:36
Created in 1883 and operated until 1977, linking Paris to Constantinople – future Istanbul – the Orient-Express was the first in a series of transnational luxury trains from the Compagnie Internationale des Wagons Lits. constituted a diplomatic and economic tour de force. Constructed from the company’s photographic archives, this book presents valuable documents, many of which are being revealed for the first time.
Orient-Express & Co, Photographic archives of a mythical train, Eva Gravayat Arthur Mettetal
« This exceptional iconographic ensemble offers an incarnate reinterpretation of the industrial epic of the Orient-Express, which has durably nourished the imaginations of many artists and writers steeped in Orientalism.
If Agatha Christie’s famous novel, Le Crime de l’Orient-Express (1934), consecrates its mythological crystallization, the backstage of the legendary train is no less fascinating: from the kitchens to the workshops, from the laundries to the majestic hangars where the trains ready to go. “(Presentation of Textual editions)