Tuesday, August 3

The curious relationship of the author of “The Little Prince” and Alicante


Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, writer and aviator, visited Alicante on several occasions.

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, writer and aviator, visited Alicante on several occasions.
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The relationship of the writer of one of the most famous literary works in history as it is “The little Prince” Y Alicante it is more than fortuitous. A life between air and ink, two passions that come together in the “warmest point in Europe”, where Antoine de Saint-Exupéry he was amazed at the Alicante night which he compared with that of “The Thousand and One Nights” accompanied by “palm trees, warm stars and a sea so discreet that it is neither heard nor seen”. This was reflected by the aerial globetrotter in one of his letters.

Saint-Exupéry’s life has always been linked to aviation until his death. And it is that in 1926 he got the title of transport pilot and his international route it would include Spain and, by accident, the “millor terreta del món”.

In November of that same year, in one of the letters he sent to his friend Rinette from Spain, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry He narrated his forced landing on the Costa Blanca. More specifically in the old aerodrome, the polygon of the National shooting in San Vicente del Raspeig, which would later become the campus of the University of Alicante. The city This is how he received the pilot, as can be seen on the postcard: “I had the controls locked, no latitude. I saw the barrier so secure that with a pencil I wrote break. Look for it. But I couldn’t avoid the crash. I didn’t want to be accused, if I died, of recklessly killing myself ”.

This is how the French explained in a letter with a paper from ”La Ibense, Fábrica de Helados Finos. Central House in Rambla de Méndez Núñez, 4 ”his maneuver in the old aerodrome. Due to its commercial route distributing postcards for points such as Toulouse, Barcelona or Santiago de Chile, six months later he returned to the capital of the province. Again, the writer of “The Little Prince” addressed a message to his friend in which he described the city as a true paradise: “The good weather continues, but I feel a bit melancholic because of my stomach. I have tried all the horrors that cafe terraces have to offer. I started with a dozen pulpits. I continued with a cake that they cut into pieces from a large block. From the outside it has a very good effect. Inside is less fun. I have just had myself photographed in noble poses by three traveling photographers (…)I recline in the palm trees. What style! Then I’m going for a walk to the sea”.

“I have just had myself photographed in noble poses by three traveling photographers (…) I recline in the palm trees. What style! Then I go for a walk to the sea.”

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

This was his last feast in Alicante and, therefore, his last visit. Not only did he enjoy the gastronomy, the good weather and the beach of the Postiguet, but in the biography of Montse Morata dedicated to him, “Paper Planes”, tells and reflects the goodwill of the people of the city. According to the writer, in other letters she tells “how the shoe shine of the city worked, stroking their shoes, without losing their smile.” He also tells the anecdote of how a beggar greeted him with a smile and Saint-Exupery “Seeing his joy, he invited him to three cigars so that he would not stop smiling,” says the author of the work about the aviator.

“Spanish women experience emotions like opera heroines”

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

The bond of the creator of “The Little Prince”, among other books, towards Alicante is exemplified through the French’s vision in his anecdotes about the costumbrista. Specifically, the passion with which everything is lived. On one occasion he had to spend New Year’s Eve on the Costa Blanca due to a breakdown, and he says that “everyone was smiling, there was a party atmosphere in every corner”. In addition, he remembers that he wrote a letter at two in the morning amazed by the scene he saw between several “sluts”, where one was crying madly and others were trying to comfort her. According to Saint-Exupéry, “Spanish women experience emotions like opera heroines”.


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