Promise at Dawn


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New Directions Publishing Corporation
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5.4 X 8.1 X 1.0 inches | 0.83 pounds
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About the Author

Romain Gary (1914-1980) was born Roman Kacew in Vilnius to a family of Lithuanian Jews. He changed his name when he fled Nazi-occupied France to fight for the British as an RAF pilot. He wrote under several pen names and is the only writer to have received the Prix Goncourt twice. A diplomat and filmmaker, Gary was married to the American actress Jean Seberg. He died in Paris in 1980 from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.


A celebrated and infinitely seductive portrait of his early life, which is still often described as an unprecedented innovation in the writing of autobiography in France.--David Bellos
Perhaps the only memorial by a son that raises the rare literary pleasure of laughter in the reader as a measure of appreciation.--Janet Flanner
An origin myth full of inventions and omissions, Gary framed his artistic emergence as an unusual love story about his long-suffering mother's mad devotion to him.
[Tzvetan] Todorov praises the way Gary's novels, unclouded by ideological intention and unflinching in the face of suffering, radiate colors at once "tragic" and "vibrant with joy and life." Nowhere is Todorov's praise truer than in Gary's last novel, now appearing for the first time in English in the superb translation of Miranda Richmond Mouillot.
To figure out who Gary was and how he arrived at his intricate marriage of absurdist comedy and humane instruction, you have to turn to that memoir, "Promise at Dawn," a matchlessly entertaining and psychologically persuasive book.--Adam Gopnik"The Made-Up Man" (01/01/2018)
What talent, most certainly, how many ideas and passions too. You seize us and shake us. Ah!-- (01/01/2018)