The book brings together all the works of the famed traveler, from his first stories as an aspiring writer to his most famous books, including “The Little Prince.”
This 1680-page anthology brings together everything that Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (missing presumed dead in 1944, off the coast of Marseille) wrote before his death: “Citadelle” [The Wisdom of the Sands], “Le Petit Prince” [The Little Prince], “Pilote de guerre” [Flight to Arras], “Courrier sud” [Southern Mail], “Vol de nuit” [Night Flight], and “Terre des hommes” [Land of Men]. The icing on the cake is that “Du vent, du sable et des étoiles” [Wind, Sand and Stars] is published as an exclusive, limited edition with color illustrations, as a fitting honor for the man he was.
You can discover, or rediscover, this exceptional pilot, sometimes clearly deep rooted in his time, and at times passionate! In “Du vent, du sable et des étoiles,” we find correspondence with Louise de Vilmorin, with whom he was in love in the 1920s. These unpublished writings, pages and pages of poems and prose text, were largely written by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry following the end of their engagement, which threw him into great disarray. Incidentally, it is Louise de Vilmorin who lends many of her traits to the character of Geneviève in the highly autobiographical “Courrier sud,” published in 1929, which tells a story of impossible love against an epic aerial backdrop in Africa.
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry was a multi-faceted man, and Gallimard is presenting an exhibition of his drawings, manuscripts and signed editions until January 28, 2019 (Galerie Gallimard, 30-32 rue de l’Université, 75007 Paris). A perfect way to mark the occasion of the book’s publication!
“Du vent, du sable et des étoiles.” Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. Œuvres – Collection Quarto, Gallimard. 9782072742422.