On board the legendary “L’Orient-Express” train with Arthur Mettetal

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.

Arthur Mettetal, historian, in studio at RFI (December 17, 2020)
Arthur Mettetal, historian, in studio at RFI (December 17, 2020) © RFI / Catherine Fruchon-Toussaint

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)

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