Courrier sud (novel)

Courrier sud, translated as Southern Mail and Southern Carrier, is the first novel by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, published in 1929.[1] Encouraged by the publication of his short story The Aviator, Saint-Exupéry followed up with this work based on his pioneering flights for the French airmail service.[2]

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AuthorAntoine de Saint-Exupéry
Original titleCourrier sud
PublisherÉditions Gallimard
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A structured novel, it has three sections, the shorter outer sections being set in the heat and daylight of the Sahara Desert, the long central section in France at night and in pelting rain. The story thread consists of an investigation into the disappearance of an aviator in the Sahara.

The novel was adapted into the 1937 French film Courrier sud directed by Pierre Billon.


  1. de Saint-Exupéry, Antoine (1929) Southern Mail. Translated by Curtis Cate (1972). Mariner Books, ISBN 978-0156839013
  2. Parry, M. A Symbolic Interpretation of "Courrier Sud" The Modern Language Review, Vol. 69, No. 2 (Apr., 1974), pp. 297–307
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