Romain Gary
French writer, pilot and diplomat
Romain Gary
Romain Gary was a French diplomat, novelist, film director and World War II aviator of Litvak origin. He is the only author to have won the Prix Goncourt twice (under his own name and under a pseudonym).
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MOVIE REVIEW; ‘My Afternoons With Margueritte’
NYTimes - over 5 years
Drearily sentimental, Jean Becker’s “My Afternoons With Margueritte” is the chaste love story between a genial, unlettered lug of a working man (Gérard Depardieu in unflattering blue overalls) and an older woman he meets on a park bench in a town in the Charente-Maritime region of France. She reads to him ( Camus , Romain
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La sortie de la rentrée littéraire (2) - Slate.fr
Google News - over 5 years
Parce que le potentiel industriel des échoteurs, critiques, animateurs d'émissions littéraires et autres putes verbales (Comme les appellait Romain Gary) tournent à plein sur la cinquantaine de noms de ce réseau arachnéen, cette galaxie de journalistes
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El jamás citado - Clarín.com
Google News - over 5 years
Sólo cuenta una cosa, ser o no ser citado; y yo pertenezco a la auténtica raza maldita, que es la de los escritores a los que no se cita nunca”, confesó alguna vez el escritor Romain Gary. Esa es la primera y patética asociación que se me ocurre
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Beigbeder, un film français - Le Figaro
Google News - over 5 years
Après Romain Gary, Houellebecq, Robbe-Grillet, BHL, Frédéric Beigbeder ajoute son nom à la liste des écrivains passés derrière la caméra. Il préfère, prudent, citer Guitry, Pagnol, Cocteau. N'y voir aucune prétention, car il ajoute: «Je me rassure
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El otro lado del mundo - Lanacion.com (Argentina)
Google News - over 5 years
En el caso particular de Lituania, excepción hecha de Romain Gary, que nació en Vilna pero que desarrolló su carrera en Francia, no había hasta el momento prácticamente nada en castellano. Eso le da un relieve especial a la publicación de La vida bajo
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Novelist Patrick Modiano Peers Into Moral Ambiguity - Forward
Google News - over 5 years
... Modiano would soon briefly try his hand at writing song lyrics for such “kapos” as Hardy and another young French singer of Polish-Jewish origin, Myriam Anisssimov, later the acclaimed biographer of such authors as Primo Levi and Romain Gary
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Romain Gary, un triple portrait - Nonfiction.fr
Google News - over 5 years
Résumé : Trente ans après sa mort, Romain Gary reste l'un des auteurs les plus fascinant du XXe siècle. Deux beaux livres essaient de percer le mystère Gary/Ajar. De Romain Gary, on ne retient souvent que sa grande “prouesse”, celle d'avoir réussi à
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PEN American Center's 2011 award winners - Los Angeles Times
Google News - over 5 years
The PEN Translation Prize runners up: David Bellos for "Hocus Bogus" by Romain Gary, publishing as Émile Ajar, and also Malcolm C. Lyons with Ursula Lyons for "The Arabian Nights: Tales of 1001 Nights." The PEN Emerging Writers Awards runners up:
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Book review: 'Nom de Plume' by Carmela Ciuraru - Los Angeles Times
Google News - over 5 years
... obvious trouble with pen names … even with the most inspired and impressive ones, was that they somehow failed to convey truly the full extent of one's literary genius," said Romain Gary, the great French filmmaker and novelist, among other things
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«Les livres sont faits pour circuler» - Métro Montréal
Google News - over 5 years
Un jour, Dany Laferrière a vu une publicité de notre campagne «Les livres qui ne circulent pas meurent» dans laquelle on avait parodié La vie devant soi, de Romain Gary, en changeant le titre par La vie derrière soi. Il voulait absolument mettre la
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« En littérature, je veux tendre vers l'universel » - 24 ORE
Google News - over 5 years
Romain Gary a écrit une très belle phrase à ce sujet : "Avec l'amour d'une mère, la vie vous fait à l'aube une promesse qu'elle ne tient jamais". Effectivement, le problème avec une femme, c'est que parfois elle vous quitte !
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Nom de Plume: A (Secret) History of Pseudonyms - Alaska Dispatch
Google News - over 5 years
Ciuraru also provides titillating details about authors' methods, such as the fact that Romain Gary would not start writing without sharpened pencils and rolled cigars on his desk. With description that captures the imagination, Nom de Plume is what
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LETTERS; Lives Of the Novelist
NYTimes - over 5 years
To the Editor: In her essay on pseudonyms, Carmela Ciuraru notes Roman Kacew's ''terrible anguish'' over the elaborate hoax surrounding his alter egos Romain Gary and Émile Ajar (''Secret Sharers,'' June 26). What Ciuraru does not mention is that the pen names enabled Gary to become the only author to win France's prestigious literary honor, the
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Lives of the Novelist - New York Times
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In her essay on pseudonyms, Carmela Ciuraru notes Roman Kacew's “terrible anguish” over the elaborate hoax surrounding his alter egos Romain Gary and Émile Ajar (“Secret Sharers,” June 26). What Ciuraru does not mention is that the pen names enabled
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    CHILDHOOD
  • 1980
    Gary died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound on 2 December 1980 in Paris.
    More Details Hide Details He left a note which said that his death had no relation to Seberg's suicide the previous year. He also stated in his note that he was Émile Ajar. Gary was cremated in Père Lachaise Cemetery and his ashes were scattered in the Mediterranean Sea near Roquebrune-Cap-Martin.
  • 1979
    In 1979, he was a member of the jury at the 29th Berlin International Film Festival. Gary's first wife was the British writer, journalist, and Vogue editor Lesley Blanch, author of The Wilder Shores of Love. They married in 1944 and divorced in 1961.
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  • 1962
    From 1962 to 1970, Gary was married to American actress Jean Seberg, with whom he had a son, Alexandre Diego Gary.
    More Details Hide Details According to Diego Gary, he was a distant presence as a father: "Even when he was around, my father wasn't there. Obsessed with his work, he used to greet me, but he was elsewhere." After learning that Jean Seberg had an affair with Clint Eastwood, Gary challenged him to a duel, but Eastwood declined.
  • 1956
    In 1956, he became Consul General in Los Angeles and became acquainted with Hollywood.
    More Details Hide Details Gary became one of France's most popular and prolific writers, authoring more than thirty novels, essays and memoirs, some of which he wrote under a pseudonym. He is the only person to win the Prix Goncourt twice. This prize for French language literature is awarded only once to an author. Gary, who had already received the prize in 1956 for Les racines du ciel, published La vie devant soi under the pseudonym Émile Ajar in 1975. The Académie Goncourt awarded the prize to the author of that book without knowing his identity. Gary's cousin's son Paul Pavlowitch posed as the author for a time. Gary later revealed the truth in his posthumous book Vie et mort d'Émile Ajar. Gary also published as Shatan Bogat, Rene Deville and Fosco Sinibaldi, as well as his birth name Roman Kacew. In addition to his success as a novelist, he wrote the screenplay for the motion picture The Longest Day and co-wrote and directed the film Kill! (1971), which starred his wife at the time, Jean Seberg.
  • 1952
    In 1952 he became the secretary of the French Delegation to the United Nations.
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  • 1945
    In 1945 he published his first novel, Education européenne.
    More Details Hide Details Immediately following his service in the war, he worked in the French diplomatic service in Bulgaria and Switzerland.
  • 1925
    Arieh Leib abandoned the family in 1925 and remarried.
    More Details Hide Details Gary later claimed that his actual father was the celebrated actor and film star Ivan Mozzhukhin, with whom his actress mother had worked and to whom he bore a striking resemblance. Mozzhukhin appears in his memoir Promise at Dawn. When Gary was fourteen, he and his mother moved to Nice, France. Converted to Catholicism by his mother, Gary studied law, first in Aix-en-Provence and then in Paris. He learned to pilot an aircraft in the French Air Force in Salon-de-Provence and in Avord Air Base, near Bourges. Following the Nazi occupation of France in World War II, he fled to England and under Charles de Gaulle served with the Free French Forces in Europe and North Africa. As a bombardier-observer, he took part in over 25 successful sorties, logging over 65 hours of air time. During this time, he changed his name to Romain Gary. He was decorated for his bravery in the war, receiving many medals and honours, including Compagnon de la Libération and commander of the Légion d'honneur.
  • 1914
    Born on May 21, 1914.
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