Antoine de Saint-Exupéry is probably one of the best-known French authors: his Little Prince has been translated into more than 300 languages and is the second most translated book, just after the Bible. Born in 1900, he died in the Mediterranean Sea in 1944, during the Second World War. He was a pilot and an author.
His first novel Courrier sud has recently been translated into Finnish, by Pertti Jokinen, and published by Koala editions. The novel is based on Saint-Exupéry’s own experiences, as he was one of the pioneers of the Aéropostale. Courrier sud tells about the life of the pilot Jacques Bernis, and his solitude in the dark and cold sky. It is also a tender love story between him and Geneviève, showing their difficulties to fully understand each other’s lives.
Two novels by Saint-Exupéry had already been translated into Finnish, Terre des Hommes and Vol de nuit, where he describes in detail the dangers of pilots’ lives. They are true heroes but above all they show the fragility of humanity.