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Calculus Affair: Hotel Cornavin, Geneva

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OJG
Member
#1 · Posted: 21 Feb 2005 13:19 · Edited by: OJG
I've heard that this really exists, that Hergé based what we see in The Calculus Affair on his studies of the real thing.

Has anyone been there/seen it for real (on the inside or out)? What's it like? How like the hotel in the book is it?

Thanks all!
jockosjungle
Member
#2 · Posted: 21 Feb 2005 13:50
Yes it is real, they even renumbered the rooms so the one Tintin stayed in actually exists (as fans ask for that room). There is a statue or bust in the lobby apparently.

But i have never been there

Rik
Ranko
Member
#3 · Posted: 21 Feb 2005 14:14
I was planning on going there in the near future just for the hell of it.

Here's one of many links to it.

http://www.magicswitzerland.com/geneva_hotels/cornavin.htm
jock123
Moderator
#4 · Posted: 21 Feb 2005 15:21
I’ve seen it, but only in as much as it’s right opposite the station when you come out – I was on my way to get a bus, so I didn’t have time to look in. It was before the restoration took place, but the front doors were recognizable.

jockosjungle:
There is a statue or bust in the lobby apparently.
I think it might only have been one of the cut-out advertising figures that book-shops get, but perhaps they have upgraded...
gnolles
Member
#5 · Posted: 21 Feb 2005 15:57
The last time I went to Geneva, several years ago, as I left Cornavin station, facing the lake and the Mont-Blanc, I turned right and just over the street I saw Hotel Cornavin, with a life size statue of Tintin and Snowy in the lobby, just next to the entrance.
I've heard the hotel has been restored since.
In the apocryph "Tintin and the Pustaha", it is still at the same place but has been renamed "Hotel Calvin"
Can someone check what is its real name by now?
Thanks a lot!
OJG
Member
#6 · Posted: 21 Feb 2005 21:03 · Edited by: OJG
Wow! I wasn't aware of a lot of this at all. Thanks for that everyone! Your link was particularly interesting, Ranko.

I've been to both Switzerland and France, but never Geneva. If I ever do I'll be sure to pop in to compare things and to have a look for the Tintin bust!
gnolles
Member
#7 · Posted: 22 Feb 2005 12:22 · Edited by: Moderator
http://home.tiscali.be/tintinophileparmidautres/page/sur_les_traces_de_tintin.httm#suisse

And now my friends, go an google by yourselves!

http://almavijai.sphosting.com/Tintin/swiss/2.htm

Time to google...and to rest!

[Harrock: Edited to merge 3 posts. gnolles you must learn to use the edit function, it's easy-peasy!]
Jyrki21
Member
#8 · Posted: 25 Feb 2005 04:12
I used to live in Geneva, and lived about a 3-minute walk from the Hôtel Cornavin.

I can confirm that, indeed, it is still called that (it is right next to the Cornavin train station), and has a large statuette of Tintin and Snowy in the window, right beside the revolving door so intricately reproduced in the Calculus Affair.

That said, the inside of the train station, in 2001 (when I lived there) didn't really look like the scene of the Haddock-Bordurian scuffle. There's not really a waiting area with benches as depicted in the story... as European train stations go, Cornavin is by far one of the least majestic I've seen. :)
snafu
Member
#9 · Posted: 26 Feb 2005 03:20
I didn't know that there was a real Hotel Cornavin! I thought that the most important Tintin stuff is found in Belgium.
Jyrki21
Member
#10 · Posted: 27 Feb 2005 06:36 · Edited by: Jyrki21
I didn't know that there was a real Hotel Cornavin! I thought that the most important Tintin stuff is found in Belgium.

Strangely, Hergé seems to be much more preoccupied with physical reality when taking Tintin out of his homeland to Switzerland than when he's back around Brussels... The depictions of Geneva and Nyon are very accurate (for instance, I've ridden alongside the road where Tintin's taxi gets run into the lake... the train goes just beside it), including both the Hôtel Cornavin and Cointrin Airport.

Yet in Brussels, Hergé avoids drawing conspicuous Belgian giveaways, probably because the stories had already been internationalized to such an extent that he had to avoid alienating non-Belgian fans, particularly the English readers who were under the understanding that the stories were taking place in England!

Yes, they fly a Sabena plane at one point, but where is the quintessential Brussels icon, the Manneken Pis? Waffles? Museums? Even the Belgian royal palace gets transferred to Klow in the series!

Sorry, this is probably material for a separate topic, but The Calculus Affair really shows how much Hergé felt freer to depict reality when he took Tintin out of his usual stomping ground.

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