среда, июня 01, 2011

"Faire du ciel le plus bel endroit de la terre"

"The title of Saint-Exupéry's novel, Vol de nuit (Night Flight), cannot possibly have the resonance for us today that it had for him and his readers when he wrote it. Who among us today regards 'the conquest of the night by the airplane' as a manifestation of 'the grandeur of the modern world?' And yet one of the most perceptive reviewers of Vol de nuit dwelt on this aspect of the book. 'Flying by night without access to brightly lighted airfields means death. To be lost in the clouds during a night flight means the risk of running into a cliff or a mountain, to crash. To find yourself in a storm means being destroyed.'"

(Robert Wohl, The Spectacle of Flight: Aviation and the Western Imagination, 1920-1950. New Haven: Yale UP, 2005, p. 176.)