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Author: Antoine de Saint-Exupéry; Adrienne W Foulke
Publisher: New York, Funk & Wagnalls [1965]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Posthumously collected essays written over a lifetime by the famous aviator-philosopher-writer.
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Named Person: Antoine de Saint-Exupéry; Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Antoine de Saint-Exupéry; Adrienne W Foulke
OCLC Number: 614727
Notes: Translation of Un sens à la vie.
Description: xv, 231 pages 22 cm
Contents: The aviator --
Nobleman--bondsman --
Moscow, 1935. Moscow celebrates May Day ; En route to the U.S.S.R. ; Moscow: where is the revolution? ; Crime and punishment: justice in the Soviet Union ; Tragedy strikes the Maxim Gorki ; A visit to the past: ten tipsy old ladies at home in Moscow --
Barcelona, 1936. In a civil war, the firing line is invisible ; Anarchists and their ways: street scenes in Barcelona ; Civil war: it is not a war, it is a disease ; In search of a war ; Trigger-happy fighters are indifferent to human life --
Madrid, 1937 --
Peace or war?. Needed: a language for speaking the truth ; Enemy voices in the night speak across No Man's Land --
We must give meaning to men's lives --
Men and machines --
A fertile anguish --
The pilot and the elements --
An open letter to Frenchmen everywhere --
Letter to General X --
An epilogue: An appeal for peace
Other Titles: Sens à la vie.
Responsibility: [Translated from the French by Adrienne Foulke].

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Posthumously collected essays written over a lifetime by the famous aviator-philosopher-writer.

This collection of writings by the author of Wind, Sand and Stars is the first English translation of Un Sens à la Vie--a posthumously collected group of miscellaneous pieces written over a lifetime. These thoughtful, beautifully written essays are the expression of the leading principle of the famous aviator-philosopher-writer's life--a deep humanism and a sense of the potential worth of the individual. Whether Saint-Exupéry turns his pen to Russia or Spain or an impending war in Europe, whether he draws from his intimate association with aviation, a belief in the spiritual significance of each individual determines his outlook. "Somewhere along the way we have made a wrong turn. Oh yes, the human anthill is richer than ever; we have at our disposal more material goods and greater leisure, yet we lack some essential thing that we cannot exactly define. As human beings we feel diminished; we have lost some of man's mysterious prerogatives." The wrong turn is evasive, the essential thing is illusive, yet Saint-Exupéry persists. From his first published piece, "The Aviator," through the last writings before his death, he searches for a definition, for a cause of man's loss of the "mysterious prerogatives" of the spirit.--Adapted from book jacket.

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