Happy Birthday, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

St. Exupery display in Lille, France

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, author of The Little Prince, would have been 114 today. Some are taken from us much too soon.

Nearly two million copies of Le Petit Prince are sold annually, with sales topping 140 million worldwide, making it one of the top best-selling books in history. It’s also been translated into more than 250 languages and dialects, a few of which are illustrated in photo above, taken in Lille, France, in summer 2011.

Before the book elevated him to international literary stardom, Saint-Exupéry was already a noted aviation pioneer and adventurer. When France fell under German occupation during World War II, Saint-Exupéry went into exile in New York where he worked to convince the U.S. to join the anti-Nazi Germany cause. He left in April 1943 to join the Free French Air Force in North Africa and a little over a year later, on 31 July 1944, he disappeared during a reconnaissance mission over the Mediterranean and was presumed dead.

His is a fascinating story; begin exploring with his wiki bio. Below is another display I came across just a few days ago in Bratislava.

Little Prince display at the municipal library in Bratislava, Slovakia
Little Prince display at the municipal library in Bratislava, Slovakia, June 2014

The lead pic serves as today’s Pic du Jour, the 168th (!) straight since this daily project was rekick-started.

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And on this day from the Piran Café archive:

2012 – A loosely-knit photo essay for a #frifotos twitter challenge, For Sale – Encounters with Commerce, which includes photos taken in Nicaragua, Kenya, Istanbul, Piraeus, Greece and Shanghai. Enjoy!

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  1. Les Petits Pas de Juls says

    Far from having a print of each language version at home, I already have it in 6 different languages and might add another one soon! I love this book! I love the man’s history and life.

    Happy Birthday to him. He left us with one of the most wonderful books ever since you can read it at different times of your life and find a different message in it every time.

    Happy readings, then!
    Jul’

    1. Bob R says

      Couldn’t agree more. I recently bought another copy to read the story again, which is what prompted me to read more about St. Exupery. I think I’ll start it tonight. 🙂

  2. Bente Vold Klausen says

    Loved to find another St. Exupery fan! I went all the way down to Tarfaya in Morocco this Easter to see his small memorial there and visit the museum. It was a great trip. The Little Prince has followed me since a was a young girl. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Bob R says

      You’re welcome – thanks for the heads-up on the museum on Morocco. I’ll be visiting there in September so may just try to track it down as well. 🙂

  3. Christina says

    Antoine de Saint Exupéry was indeed an interesting person. I have his Little Prince as a version in my Tyrolean dialect. Funny to read after reading the original version.

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