Close to the Invalides (see previous posts) there is since 1865 a little square called “Square Santiago-du-Chili” - the Chilean Embassy is quite close. It’s a very calm little corner for a little rest. A few of the trees are some 150 years old.
Since 1989 there is the bust of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (by Madeleine Tézenas de Montcel).
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (1900-44) was a writer, poet, journalist and also a famous aviator, however maybe best known for having written and illustrated “Le Petit Prince” (The Little Prince).
He opened and worked on airmail routes in Europe, Africa and South America until WW II, when he joined the French Air Force until the surrender in 1940. He then left for the US, during about two years campaigning for the US entry into the war … and writing, before joining the French Free Air Force in North Africa … and disappearing over the Mediterranean during a reconnaissance mission in July 1944.
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry wrote a lot, had several books published during the 30’s and the 40’s, some with great public success and winning awards like that of the French Academy, the US National Book Award… “The Little Prince”, illustrated by himself, was published in the US in 1943 and in France immediately after the war. It has been translated to some 250 languages and sold in some 140 million copies (one of the bestselling books ever), not mentioning recordings, stage, screen, ballet, opera adaptations.
Why is the bust here at the ”Square Santiago-du-Chili”? Maybe because of Saint-Exupéry’s involvement in opening airborne postal service all the way down to Chile.