Letter to a Hostage is a book by the author Antoine de Saint-Exupery.Saint-Exupry initially wrote this piece as a preface
for his best friend, Lon Werth's novel:Trente-trois jours (Thirty Three Days). Werth had been forced to take refuge in the
Jura region of France during the autumn of 1940 because of his Jewish origins. His book, however, could not be published,
and so the author significantly revised his preface, removing any direct references to his friend and making him anonymous
within the text and a symbol for France as the hostage of the occupying forces. This version was published independently in
June 1943. The work is comprised of six short chapters which reflect upon recent aspects of the author's life (travelling
to Portugal, impressions of the Sahara, living in the USA...), and combines references to his friendship with Werth and to
his love for his country.