The famous writer-pilot, a romanticist who defended humanistic ideals in the cockpit and at the desk, such Antoine de Saint-Exupery entered the history of the literature of the 20th century. “For me, flying and writing are one and the same,” he said, “the main thing is to act, the main thing is to find oneself.” The aviator and writer merge: both will know the world equally. ” A double passion – to artistic creativity and technology – Exupery carried through his entire life. He belonged to an old noble family, whose representatives were mentioned in the annals of 1235. Except Antoine, the family had four more children. His father died early, and his mother sought to fill this loss with her love, affection and care. She wanted to raise children primarily
Childhood years of the writer were held in the birthplace of La Mole, which was almost a fabulous atmosphere. A real treasure trove of secrets of the distant past seemed to the children of the attic of the castle, on which were stored several “generations” of luxurious outfits, hats, and boots. Charming fairy tales, family comfort, gay children’s holidays and games – that’s what the sunny world of childhood of Antoine was woven from. The writer had a deep connection with him until the end of his days. Childhood was for him more than a bright memory – it was his spiritual “homeland.” “I come from childhood,” the writer said, “I came from childhood as if from a country.”
At the same time, he was “born” and from the twentieth century. Since childhood, fond of technology and invention, Exupery chose the profession of a pilot, born of a century of scientific and technological progress. At that time, it was considered the most fashionable and risky.
Ex-pre-flight time devoted to literary creativity. In his books he mostly described what he had experienced himself, or retold the stories heard from colleagues. His most famous works, written in the footsteps of real events – “South postal”, “Night flight”, “Planet of people”, “Military pilot” – tell about the life of the first aviators performing difficult but important and necessary work. The heroes of these books are brave, noble, people in love with their profession. They are happy in flight and suffer on the ground, where they too often have to face the inertia and boredom of everyday life. They are united by the willingness to face courageously any trials, loyalty to comradeship and a sense of responsibility for other people. This feeling of Saint Exupery valued above all. ” My spiritual culture, he said, inheriting God, made everyone responsible for all people and all people – for everyone… A man brought up in these rules would have the power of a mighty tree. What kind of space could he cover with his roots! “The writer asserted the ideal of a man whose humanism lies in responsibility for the destinies of close and distant people, for the destinies of mankind and the whole planet, in his works of art.
During the war with Hitler’s Germany, Exupery, whose health was undermined by injuries sustained in the disaster, made him recruit into the military intelligence service. During one of the reconnaissance missions he disappeared without a trace.