From the bestselling author of The Librarian of Auschwitz comes another epic historical novel translated by Lilit Zekulin Thwaites and based on a true story – the extraordinary life and mysterious death of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, author of The Little Prince. Poet. Aristocrat. Pilot. Hero.
This is a fascinating book based on the true story of De Saint- Exupery, the author of The Little Prince. All Antonio de Saint-Exupery wants to do is be a pilot. But flying is a dangerous dream; one that sets him at odds with the woman he loves. Despite attempts to keep him grounded, Antoine is determined venture forward into the unknown.
In time he will pioneer new mail routes and help change the future of aviation. Strangely enough though, it is not the amazing pilot we remember but the beautiful enduring story of The Little Prince.
Iturbe exuberantly tells the story of author Antoine de Saint-Exupery and his passion for flying, poetry, and beautiful women. The author does a wonderful job of dramatizing how exhilarating and dangerous the early years of civil aviation were for a handful of bold and intrepid pilots. He also recreates in sparking fashion interwar French society. Saint-Ex, his colleagues, and their loves come to life in a novel that would do the author of The Little Prince proud. Publishers Weekly Starred Review
The language is mesmerizing, so lyrical and poetic. What a beautiful, thought-provoking read. -- Jennifer Ryan, bestselling author of The Chilbury Ladies' Choir and The Kitchen Front
I adored the character of Antoine, a man who is ingenious when flying a plane and an idiot when it comes to love. The descriptions of the life-and-death scrapes he and his aviator colleagues get into are gripping, and there's a vivid sense of the sheer thrill of flying. It's spellbinding! -- Gill Paul, Bestselling author of The Secret Wife