murder on the orient express

Murder on the Orient Express hit movie theaters on Friday and it confronts some of the more problematic elements of Agatha Christie’s writing head on. Specifically, her casual use of racism and xenophobia that is littered throughout her novels.

From the original title of Ten Little Indians (that used the n-word) to the “dirty dark-yellow” description of Arabs in Murder in Mesopotamia, Christie was never shy of showing her colonial bigotry through her international crime capers. After the Second World War though, people began to complain about the appearance of racist, xenophobic and anti-Semitic names and racial ...

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