"The Little Prince" by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry is set in the Sahara Desert and outer space six years ago. The exact date, however, is not specified.
"The Little Prince" was written in French. It was translated and published in English in 1943, but was not published in France until 1946. Antoine de Saint-Exupéry was a pilot who fled to the United States after Germany invaded France during World War II. He began writing the book while living in New York. While the novel glorifies childhood innocence, it reflects the author's desire to return to his home country of France and the peace he knew before the war.