Pushkin acquires Saint-Exupery biography

Pushkin acquires Saint-Exupery biography

Pushkin is to publish a children's biography of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, author of The Little Prince, under its Pushkin Children’s Books imprint.
 
The Pilot and the Little Prince: The Life of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry by Peter Sís will hit the shelves on 3rd July, in time to mark the 70th anniversary of the disappearance of Saint-Exupéry that month.

The author and pilot disappeared in 1944 when charged with a mission to collect intelligence on German troop movements in and around the Rhone Valley in France. After taking off from Corsica he was never seen again, sparking rumours that he lost control of his plane or was shot down.

The Little Prince is one of the most well known, beloved and widely translated books of all time,” said Pushkin m.d. and publisher Adam Freudenheim. “In the UK it has sold nearly half a million copies just over the last decade and many more since its first publication 70 years ago… So this beautifully illustrated life of the author of The Little Prince, Saint-Exupéry, for children, should be very warmly received.”

Peter Sís is an author and illustrator and won the 2012 Hans Christian Andersen Award for Illustration. Born in Czechosolovakia in 1949, he now lives in the U.S.
 
Farrar, Straus and Giroux will publish the book in the US in May.