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Fábula mítica y relato filosófico que interroga acerca de la relación del ser humano con su prójimo y con el mundo, El Principito concentra, con maravillosa simplicidad, la constante reflexión de Saint-Exupéry sobre la amistad, el amor, la responsabilidad y el sentido de la vida.
Viví así, solo, sin nadie con quien hablar verdaderamente, hasta que tuve una avería en el desierto del Sahara, hace seis años. Algo se había roto en mi motor. Y como no tenía conmigo ni mecánico ni pasajeros, me dispuse a realizar, solo, una reparación difícil. Era, para mí, cuestión de vida o muerte. Tenía agua apenas para ocho días.
La primera noche dormí sobre la arena a mil millas de todatierra habitada. Estaba más aislado que un náufrago sobre una balsa en medio del océano. Imaginaos, pues, mi sorpresa cuando, al romper el día, me despertó una extraña vocecita que decía:
-Por favor..., ¡dibújame un cordero!
-Dibújame un cordero...
Ranging from the northern skies of France to the South American Andes, this volume includes two memoirs and a novel, each informed by the lauded pilot and poet’s experiences as a pioneering aviator during World War II.
Wind, Sand and Stars
Recounting his early days flying airmail routes across the African Sahara, Saint-Exupéry explores the spiritual, philosophical, and physical wonders of navigating the passes of the Pyrenees, the peaks of the Andes, and the wasteland of the Libyan desert. This memoir, a National Book Award winner that was voted a National Geographic Top Ten Adventure Book of All Time, is “a beautiful book, a brave book, and a book that should be read against the confusion of this world” (The New York Times).
Overseeing night-mail flights in Buenos Aires, Riviere is a believer in remaining faithful to the mission and has trained his pilots to stave off the fear of death. But when he discovers that one of his planes is lost in a storm after flying out of Patagonia, both his authority and his beliefs will be challenged, in a novel that won France’s Prix Femina Award and was made into a classic film.
Flight to Arras
Saint-Exupéry’s memoir of a harrowing reconnaissance mission during the Battle of France in 1940—as one of only a handful of pilots who continued to fight in solidarity against the inevitable German invasion—was a recipient of the Grand Prix Littéraire de l’Aéro-Club de France.
“Saint-Exupéry . . . blends adventure with reflection in a way few writers have.” —Richard Bach
Translated by Lewis Galantière and Stuart Gilbert
Fasten your seatbelt to experience the spectacle and solitude of flying high in the Andes in this novel from the author of The Little Prince.
No writer has equaled Saint-Exupéry in describing the perilous and poetic experience of flying, in submission to what he calls “those damn elemental divinities—night, day, mountain, sea and storm.” In this gripping, beautifully written novel inspired by his experience as a pilot in South America, he tells of the brave men who pilot night mail planes from Patagonia, Chile, and Paraguay to Argentina in the early days of commercial aviation. They are impelled to perform their routine acts of heroism by a steely chief named Rivière, whose extraordinary character is revealed through the dramatic events of a single night.
Preface by André Gide. Translated by Stuart Gilbert.“The book stands out by reason of the quality of its style, the beauty of the passages in which flight is described better than it ever has been before, but more especially because of the emotions of the men of heroic mold.”—André Maurois, Saturday Review
Saint-Exupéry initially wrote this piece as a preface for his best friend, Léon Werth’s novel: Trente-trois jours (Thirty Three Days). Werth had been forced to take refuge in the Jura region of France during the autumn of 1940 because of his Jewish origins. His book, however, could not be published, and so the author significantly revised his preface, removing any direct references to his friend and making him anonymous within the text and a symbol for France as the hostage of the occupying forces. This version was published independently in June 1943. The work is comprised of six short chapters which reflect upon recent aspects of the author’s life (travelling to Portugal, impressions of the Sahara, living in the USA...), and combines references to his friendship with Werth and to his love for his country.
El principito escrito por el autor antoine de saint-exupéry.
Un piloto se encuentra perdido en el desierto del Sahara luego de que su avión sufriera una avería, pero para su sorpresa, es allí donde conoce a un pequeño príncipe proveniente de otro planeta. La historia tiene una temática filosófica, donde se incluyen críticas sociales dirigidas a la extrañeza con la que los adultos ven las cosas. Estas críticas a las cosas importantes y al mundo de los adultos van apareciendo en el libro a lo largo de la narración.