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The works of Saint-Exupéry: timeless bestsellers


Grown-ups like numbers and, for once, so do we! In his book on the centenary of publishing house Gallimard, Alban Cerisier devotes several pages to the awards garnered by works published by the house, and in particular a top 50 of bestsellers.

Did you know that the number of copies of The Little Prince printed since 1946 amounts to 13,096,000, the biggest print volume in the history of Gallimard? Also in the Top 50, in 5th place, is Vol de Nuit (Night Flight), with 4,670,000 copies printed since 1938. Terre des Hommes (Wind, Sand and Stars) takes 13th place (3,598,000 copies). Wartime conditions meant that only 1,885,000 copies of Pilote de Guerre (Flight to Arras) were printed, putting the book in 32nd place. Just behind, in 34th place (1,794,000 copies to date), comes Courrier Sud (Southern Mail), published in 1929.


From Saint-Maurice de Remens to the Little Prince


What is the story behind the Little Prince? Who was Antoine de Saint-Exupéry? Did you know he set off on his maiden flight without his mother’s permission? Have you ever heard of l’Aéropostale? Did you know Saint-Exupéry once crash-landed in the middle of the desert?

 

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s life was one of meetings, adventures and deep reflection. In the opinion of some, that reflection led to The Little Prince and the unfinished work entitled The Wisdom of the Sands.

Before you browse the Little Prince website, pay a visit to the section on The Author and familiarise yourself with the key dates in the life of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.

 

Before you browse the Little Prince website, pay a visit to the section on The Author and familiarise yourself with the key dates in the life of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.


Russia’s young artists in the making


The Little Prince plays a very important role in Russia, particularly in social and educational projects. As part of the Year of France in Russia cultural programme, a nationwide children’s drawing competition was launched. One of the themes set was… the Little Prince!

The jury, composed mainly of artists, examined over 1,700 drawings by manifestly talented young people. Escape for a while to the land of childhood and the Little Prince with this video selection of some of the entries. The second theme was Other People.

Find out more: http://www.concours-dessin.ru


The giant pop-up book: a triumph


The giant pop-up book of The Little Prince started off as an artistic and a literary gamble. The aim was to offer a new approach to the Little Prince that would  be artistic, fun and lyrical all at once. The public responded marvellously, the book soon sold out and since 2009 over 500,000 copies have been printed!

Until the next edition appears for the summer-autumn 2011 season, there are still a few pop-up books in stock at the online store.


The Little Prince goes kite-flying


While you’re waiting for your next journey in the company of the Little Prince and the Fox, we can offer you a glimpse of the planet of the Eolians. Here we find the Little Prince trying to tame not another fox, but this time the wind, with the help of his kite.

It’s a poetic scene in which our Little Prince again demonstrates great curiosity about the lands he visits (rather like Saint-Exupéry on his own travels). This latest episode takes place on a planet that depends on the wind for its wellbeing. The snake is not far away.

If your children (or you!) can’t wait to take flight with the Little Prince, check out this new exclusive excerpt right now !


A friend of The rose…


But the Little Prince could not restrain his admiration and exclaimed:

- “Oh, how beautiful you are!”
- “Am I not?” the flower replied gently. “And I was born at the same time as the sun…”
The Little Prince had to admit that she was not excessively modest but she was so enchanting!
- “I believe it’s time for breakfast,” she added a moment later, “would you be kind enough to attend to my needs…”

Chinese-born Robert Chuang is an artist and, like the Little Prince, he loves roses. He is also a great admirer of the Little Prince and of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. His work has only one subject: the rose. Like the Little Prince, this subject seems to be universal, since the painter’s work is wildly successful all over the world: his roses have been exhibited in over 80 countries.

The Chinese Cultural Centre in Paris invites you to admire Robert Huang’s roses, from 20 to 28 April 2011.

Monday to Saturday from 10h00 to 12h30 and from 14h00 to 18h00 – admission free.

1, boulevard de la Tour-Maubourg Paris VII.


Coming soon: an interview with a top fashion designer…


We are forever telling you about Saint-Exupéry and his Little Prince as the source of inspiration for countless works of art, plays and musicals, ballets, songs, paintings, cartoons, etc.

This time it’s the turn of haute couture!

Designer Jean-Charles de Castelbajac has been keenly interested in the world of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry for many years, dedicating a number of designs to the Little Prince.

Only naturally, we were keen to meet him and introduce you to a master of modern fashion. We have an appointment with Jean-Charles de Castelbajac, who has invited us to his studio for an exclusive interview in which he will talk to us about his work and where he finds his inspiration.


Gallimard celebrates its centenary!


Everyone in France is familiar with the ivory cover and its edging of fine black and double red lines, marked with the initials NRF (Nouvelle Revue Française). The Blanche collection first saw the light of day in 1911, with André Gide and Jean Schlumberger at its head. Gaston Gallimard developed what began as a select group of intellectual friends into one of the most prestigious publishing houses in the world today.
Today the family-owned Gallimard publishing company is celebrating its centenary. Alban Cerisier, who has written several works on Saint-Exupéry and his Little Prince, relates the history of this literary monument in his latest work.

As Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s established publisher, Gallimard brought out Southern Mail in 1929; two years later came Night Flight, winner of the 1931 Femina prize. This was followed by Wind, Sand and Stars in 1939 and later, under the Occupation, Flight to Arras, quickly withdrawn from bookshops by the authorities because of the author’s praise for a comrade in arms, a hero but “unfit” for recognition by virtue of being Jewish. Saint-Exupéry also wrote for the weekly review Marianne, created by Gaston Gallimard.
After the war, Gallimard continued to publish the works of the author after he was killed in action in 1944. The Little Prince was published in 1946 and the unfinished manuscript of The Wisdom of the Sands in 1948. Much more recently, after publishing an album of Saint-Exupéry’s drawings, watercolours and pastels, Gallimard brought out an illustrated edition of Lettres à l’inconnue (letters to the fair unknown).

A report on the exhibition celebrating this momentous anniversary is in the pipeline, but in the meantime we invite you to explore Alban Cerisier’s exciting new work, entitled Un éditeur à l’œuvre (a publisher at work).


News from Japan…


Friends of the Little Prince, we have received a letter from a friend in Japan. His name is Hiroshi Mino, and he has translated The Little Prince into Japanese and written a number of books on the meaning of the story. In response to our message of support for Japan, Hiroshi Mino sends us a message of friendship and humanity. Through the Little Prince, the writer expresses his feelings about the catastrophe that has befallen his country:

Thank you for your message of encouragement.
We have made the Little Prince weep. The disaster is overwhelming in its unprecedented scale, even to the Japanese who are to some extent accustomed to the natural disasters that have repeatedly fallen upon our archipelago over many long years. This time, however, the nuclear fire to which humankind has given birth and which we find so difficult to master has made the situation even more difficult. The author of the Little Prince never knew of the atomic bombs that exploded over two Japanese cities in 1945. Yet two years earlier, in the book that is his testament, he wrote: “It so happens there were some terrible seeds on the Little Prince’s planet… they were baobab seeds. The soil of the planet was infested with them.” We hope our archipelago and our planet will not be contaminated by radioactivity. We can only repeat the words of the story: “Beware of baobabs!”

Words of wisdom, from which we can learn ourselves. Let us not turn our eyes, or our hearts, away from Japan.


A Little Prince in the wind…


Are you ready to join the Little Prince and the Fox as they discover another planet? If you are, hang on tight, because our two heroes are about to land on the planet of the Eolians. A world that relies on the wind to keep the planet running smoothly. The Little Prince will be faced with a conflict between father and son that is putting the wellbeing of the Eolians and their planet at risk.
More exclusives to come on this episode, to be screened on 25th April at 9.15 a.m., but meanwhile enjoy the trailer for this new episode in the adventures of the Little Prince.

Back soon with more exclusive news about the Little Prince animated series!