By Léon Werth
A infrequent eyewitness account by way of a tremendous writer of fleeing the Nazis’ march on Paris in 1940, that includes a never-before-published advent through Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.
In June of 1940, Leon Werth and his spouse fled Paris prior to the advancing Nazis Army. 33 Days is his eyewitness account of that have, one of many biggest civilian dispacements in history.
inspired to put in writing 33 Days by his pricey pal, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, writer of The Little Prince, Werth entire the manuscript whereas in hiding within the Jura mountains.
Saint-Exupéry smuggled the manuscript out of Nazi-occupied France, wrote an creation to the paintings and organized for its ebook within the usa through Brentanos. however the booklet by no means got here to go, and Werth’s manuscript might disappear for greater than fifty years until eventually the 1st French variation, in 1992. It has on account that develop into required analyzing in French schools.
This, the first-ever English language translation of 33 Days, comprises Saint-Exupéry’s unique advent for the ebook, lengthy considered misplaced. it really is offered it the following for the 1st time in any language. After greater than seventy years, 33 Days appears—complete and because it used to be totally meant.
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