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The Prince of the Skies
Original title: A cielo abierto
Category: Fiction

The Prince of the Skies

Original title: A cielo abierto
Category: Fiction

A gripping narrative of friendship and exploration, and an homage to Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, an unforgettable writer who touched the lives of millions of readers, and who was able to see the world through the eyes of a child.

In the 1920s, long before he wrote The Little Prince, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry was an accomplished pilot. Along with his friends Jean Mermoz and Henri Guillaumet, he was chosen to pioneer new mail routes across the globe. No distance was too far and no mountain too high―each letter had to reach its destination. The three friends soared through the air, while back on solid ground, they dealt with a world torn apart by wars and political factions.

This is a celebration of the essence of literature in a tale of friendship, impossible dreams, love and passion, the pleasure of flight and the discovery, from the air, of a beautiful, mysterious planet.

Highlights The Prince of the Skies


Winner of the 2017 Biblioteca Breve Prize.

“Antonio Iturbe combines the documentary precision of a born journalist with great narrative fluidity.” Sergio Vila-Sanjuán

Rights sold

Planeta Manuscrito (Portugal), Akropolis (Czech Republic), RAO Books (Romania), Pan Macmillan (UK), Henry Holt (USA), Flammarion (France), Individuum (Russia).

Option publishers

Wydawnictwo Literackie (Poland), Merry Go Around (Thailand), Alexandra Kiadó (Hungary), Pendo / Piper (Germany), Bookrecipe (Corea), Klidarithmos (Greece), Baltos Lankos (Lithuania), Iztok Zapad (Bulgaria), Keter Books (Israel), Ucila (Slovenia), Bokförlaget Polaris (Sweden), Like Kustannus (Finland), Vivat (Ukraine), Politikens (Denmark), Spring International Publishers (Taiwan), Grada (Slovakia), Morava (Albania).

International editions

Technical data

Publishing date: | 624 pages | ISBN: 978-84-322-3248-0 | Imprint: Seix Barral

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