Travel along the river with the writers

Le Havre - L’embouchure

It is because of the river, and the spot where it reaches the sea, that King Francis I chose Le Havre as the place to found his town in 1517. The city was born from its link to the Seine. However, the inhabitants see their city as more of a seaside town than a riverside one. Does one feel like an inhabitant of the river Seine when one lives in Le Havre? Perhaps they mostly feel like residents of the estuary. The river Seine reaches the sea at two different spots in Le Havre, first in the east, where it flows into the town, and then to the west, where it leaves and runs into the Channel. The port, the cove and the docks form a kind of immobile in-between space between these two opposite locations. One must go “de l’autre côté de l’eau” (meaning, “to the other side of the water”), as the inhabitants of Le Havre say, in the former Basse-Normandie, to see the city from a distance and the two bodies of water colliding.

image de L’embouchure, photographie L’embouchure, photographie © F. Guillotte
L’Encyclopédie, 1751-1772, page de garde.
« Seine », L’Encyclopédie, 1761 / LE HAVRE-L’EMBOUCHURE
Francis CARCO
« Climat de rêve », 1948 / LE HAVRE-L’embouchure
Terminal Frigo, couverture
Terminal Frigo, 2005 / Le Havre-L’embouchure
Réparer les vivants, film, affiche
Maylis de Kerangal
Réparer les vivants (2014) / LE HAVRE-L’embouchure
« La danseuse de corde », Toulouse Lautrec, huile sur toile 1899
« La Danseuse de corde », 2021 / LE HAVRE-L’embouchure
Jean-Elie Delacour, photographie Camille Reynaud
« La rivière analogue », 2019 / LE HAVRE-L’embouchure