The book concentrates on Saint-Exupéry’s contribution as a military pilot from 1939 to 1944, during the Second World War. Its author is Christian-Antoine Gavoille, godson of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. Using archive documents and previously unpublished accounts, the writer retraces Saint-Exupéry’s sometimes difficult path over the period in question. Covering the period from his assignment to air squadron 11/33 in 1939 (where he met René Gavoille, the author’s father) to his disappearance over the Mediterranean in 1944, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry période de guerre (the war years) is a book that invites to the reader to “live” Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s devotion to France alongside the man himself.
The appearance of the Little Prince on TV channel France 3 caught the attention of L’Express magazine, which, in addition to offering a free DVD of the series, devoted an entire article to the Little Prince including interviews with a number of well-known figures. Comic book artist Jul tells how he first encountered the Little Prince when he included him in his comic parodies (the Little Prince gets beaten up by Harry Potter and Titeuf…), and explains the fascination the Little Prince exerts as “nostalgia for childhood”.
Claudie Haigneré, President of Universcience and sponsor of the Antoine de Saint-Exupéry Youth Foundation, has met the Little Prince on a number of occasions. During her space flights, she enjoyed many a sunset. More surprisingly, the astronaut draws a parallel between the taming of the fox and the sciences, which she believes also need to be tamed.
Don’t miss the article; it proves, once again, that the Little Prince speaks to each of us, however differently.
The Little Prince is everywhere this autumn! Not content with investing the corridors of the Paris Metro, he has even taken up quarters in Montparnasse station! This time, however, it is in the form of the Little Prince comic albums published by Glénat. The albums have been on sale in the comic album section of all major bookstores since 7 September. Get down to your nearest bookstore to find the latest Little Prince comic book adventures!
In 2010, we introduced you to Laurent Morel (head of brands and external relations) at Réunica, the health and personal insurance group that has opted to use the Little Prince for its advertising and institutional campaigns. Many of you will remember the partnership with TV show Des Racines et des ailes, which had the Little Prince and the fox introducing its Wednesday night screening. Now you can see the Réunica Little Prince decorating the home page on the website of financial and business series Capital.
Ready, steady, go! All you have to do is find the correct answers to three questions for a chance to win a DVD of the Little Prince on the Planet of Jade, or one of the famous Little Prince watches. Collectors will be happy to note that one of the prizes also on offer is the Leblon-Delienne figurine of the Little Prince in full dress.
You have until 30 September to answer the three questions. Click your way straight to the competition page!
“And the Arch becomes a planet, the parvis a desert of sand. The adult becomes a child once more.”
On 24 September, we all have a chance to rediscover the child within. The sheer magic of the Little Prince is set to come to life before our eyes. Fireworks, light shows, video projections and floating balloons are just some of the special effects lined up to immerse us in the world of the book.
On 24 September at 9 pm, we have a date with the Little Prince in La Défense for a spectacular show free to all comers. In the meantime, check out the trailer for the show.
The Little Prince is a universal story that knows no frontiers. It is a book sometimes read as an aid to learning a foreign language. Students in the French Department at the University of Chungbuk (South Korea) have paid tribute to the Little Prince by making a series of short films, some animated, others featuring real actors.
An in-depth article on the Chungbuk students is in the pipeline, but meanwhile we invite you take a look at their work.
The Little Prince really does get everywhere! Parisians taking the Metro have recently started seeing giant posters appearing in the corridors for the free Little Prince son et lumière show to be held in the main square (parvis) of La Défense on 24 September. Like all the major events of our time, the Little Prince show has top billing!
Make a note of this very special date in your diaries – an event not to be missed !
In his book Night Flight, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry wrote about Richmond, a writers’ café in Buenos Aires, Argentina.A relaxing place where, comfortably installed in one of the Chesterfied armchairs on the ground floor, the writer and pilot liked to sit and chat to his friend and fellow-pilot Jean Mermoz.
In fact, this was his local café, since he lived not far away in “a charming small furnished flat”, which he mentions in one of his letters to his mother.
He was by no means the café’s only famous patron, however; other habitués included Jorge Louis Borges, Julio Cortazar and Graham Green.
Imagine, then, the consternation in Buenos Aires on 14 August when the café, which first opened its doors in 1917, closed down to make way for a sports footwear store. Outraged citizens of Argentina’s capital were quick to demonstrate against a decision that robbed them of one of their city’s legendary venues.
The justice system came to the rescue. On 26 August, after the furniture and period wood panelling had already been removed from the listed building, judge Fernando Lima ordered their restoration. Police officers were even posted outside the café under orders to “protect the architectural and furnishing heritage”.