A 200-paged account of the exodus of French citizens when the German army entered Paris in 1940 : 33 days of chaos when the French are on the road with all their belongings.
Once their cars run out of gasoline, they continue on foot or by bike... People talk on the road, and choose sides. 33 days is the time Léon Werth needs to get to a modest house in the Jura Mountains, a few hundred kilometers from Paris. Léon Werth is a first-hand witness to this history-in-progress. His account is at once sharp, moving and funny.
The story of the manuscript of 33 Days is also a novel in itself: Viviane Hamy, curious about the dedicatee of "Le Petit Prince", contacted the rights holder of Léon Werth, who found the manuscript amongst medical prescriptions in the office of the writer’s son, Claude Werth, who was an established doctor.
In the newly published American edition, Malville Press has for the very first time published the preface, "Letter to the friend", which was written by Saint-Exupéry specifically for the American edition of 33 Days.