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Promise at Dawn

Romain Gary



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17 September 2018
Biography; Memoirs; Classic fiction (pre c 1945)
'You will be a great hero, a general, Gabriele d'Annunzio, Ambassador of France!' For his whole life, Romain Gary's fierce, eccentric mother had only one aim- to make her son a great man. And she did. This, his thrilling, wildly romantic autobiography, is the story of his journey from poverty in Eastern Europe to the sensual world of the C te d'Azur and on to wartime pilot, resistance hero, diplomat, filmmaker, star and one of the most famed French writers of his age.
By:   Romain Gary
Imprint:   Penguin
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 199mm,  Width: 130mm,  Spine: 17mm
Weight:   238g
ISBN:   9780241347638
ISBN 10:   0241347637
Series:   Penguin Modern Classics
Pages:   352
Publication Date:   17 September 2018
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Romain Gary was one of the most important French writers of the 20th century. He won the once-in-a-lifetime honour the Prix Goncourt twice, the only person ever to have done so, by writing under a secret nom de plume. He was married to the American actress Jean Seberg and served in the RAF during the Second World War. He died in Paris in 1980 from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Reviews for Promise at Dawn

What talent, most certainly, how many ideas and passions too. You seize us and shake us. Ah! -- Charles de Gaulle What a gold mine! -- Jean Paul Sartre 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. * The New Yorker *

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