Alain de Botton at the Soyuz launch construction site.
The writer, essayist and philosopher Alain de Botton stands in front of a mural of a Soyuz rocket of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roskosmos) taking off from a mobile gantry at the European Space Agency (ESA). De Botton is in French Guiana researching his book 'The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work' published in April 2009. The illustration celebrates a future Russian mission if construction of their new facilities continues with the help of the French and other space agencies. Cosmonauts and technicians will ooccupy a purpose-built town near ESA's rocket complex. Alain de Botton (born Zurich, 1969) now lives in London. His best-selling books refer both to his own experiences and ideas- and those of artists, philosophers and thinkers. It's a style of writing that has been termed a 'philosophy of everyday life.'Add to Cart Add to Lightbox Download