Following the great success of the Dream Stations, the first publication from the “Around the World” collection, the newly published book « High Speed World », edited by Langages du Sud Editions, invites us to discover the formidable human, industrial and technological saga that is the rail adventure of the 21st century. With each turn of the page, the reader lives the journey along high-speed rail lines across all continents, and experiences the challenges involved in the conception, design, and construction of these extraordinary infrastructures.
This fine book clearly unveils the benefits and effects of these highspeed trains, and the new perspectives they create. 21 existing rail lines throughout the world are thus narrated and illustrated, inviting the reader to discover their specificities, extraordinary routes, cities and inhabitants, as well as their impact upon the population and sociology of cities, the evolution of design, and technical prowess. “Storyboards” by sketch artist, scenographer and rail enthusiast François Shuiten are featured throughout the book, underscoring the unique quality of high-speed travel and introducing an incomparably aesthetic dimension.
About the authors
Marie-Pascale Rauzier, historian by training, is the author of over forty works – fine books, travel books – on diverse subjects. For Langages du Sud Editions, she has authored, among others, three works on the world of rail: ONCF, the Train to the Future, Moroccan Train Stations and Dream Stations, a Worldwide Odyssey. She also wrote High-Speed Morocco.
François Schuiten is a world-renowned cartoonist and author, in collaboration with Benoît Peeters, of the cult fantasy series Les Cités Obscures. His comic books have been translated into fifteen langages and have received numerous awards. A talented scenographer who is passionate about railways, he is the creator of Train World, the train museum inaugurated in Brussels in 2015.
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