The novella is both the most-read and most-translated book in the French language, and was voted the best book of the 20th century in France. Translated into more than 250 languages and dialects (as well as braille), selling nearly two million copies annually with sales totalling over 140 million copies worldwide, it has become one of the top best-selling books ever published.
Antoine de Saint-ExupÃ©ry (officially Antoine Marie Jean-Baptiste Roger, comte de Saint ExupÃ©ry (29 June 1900 â€“ 31 July 1944) was a French aristocrat, writer, poet, and pioneering aviator. He became a laureate of several of France's highest literary awards and also won the U.S. National Book Award. He is best remembered for his novella The Little Prince (Le Petit Prince) and for his lyrical aviation writings, including Wind, Sand and Stars and Night Flight.
Saint-ExupÃ©ry was a successful commercial pilot before World War II, working airmail routes in Europe, Africa and South America. At the outbreak of war, he joined the French Air Force (ArmÃ©e de l'Air), flying reconnaissance missions until France's armistice with Germany in 1940. After being demobilised from the French Air Force, he travelled to the United States to persuade its government to enter the war against Nazi Germany. Following a 27-month hiatus in North America, during which he wrote three of his most important works, he joined the Free French Air Force in North Africa, although he was far past the maximum age for such pilots and in declining health. He disappeared over the Mediterranean on his last assigned reconnaissance mission in July 1944, and is believed to have died at that time.
Prior to the war, Saint-ExupÃ©ry had achieved fame in France as an aviator. His literary works â€“ among them The Little Prince, translated into over 250 languages and dialects â€“ posthumously boosted his stature to national hero status in France. He earned further widespread recognition with international translations of his other works. His 1939 philosophical memoir Terre des hommes became the name of a major international humanitarian group, and was also used to create the central theme (Terre des hommesâ€”Man and His World) of the most successful world's fair of the 20th century, Expo 67 in Montreal, Canada.
|Title in Armenian||Փոքրիկ Իշխանը (Կենդանի գիրք)|
|Author(s)||Antoine de Saint-Exupery|
|Size||22 x 29 cm|