White Dog

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Both a personal memoir and a French novelist's encounter with American reality, White Dog is an unforgettable portrait of racism and hypocrisy. Set in the tumultuous Los Angeles of 1968, Romain Gary's story begins when a German shepherd strays into his life: "He was watching me, his head cocked to one side, with that unbearable intensity of dogs in the pound waiting for a rescuer." A lost police canine, this "white dog" is programmed to respond violently to the sight of a black man and Gary's attempts to ...
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Overview


Both a personal memoir and a French novelist's encounter with American reality, White Dog is an unforgettable portrait of racism and hypocrisy. Set in the tumultuous Los Angeles of 1968, Romain Gary's story begins when a German shepherd strays into his life: "He was watching me, his head cocked to one side, with that unbearable intensity of dogs in the pound waiting for a rescuer." A lost police canine, this "white dog" is programmed to respond violently to the sight of a black man and Gary's attempts to deprogram it—like his attempts to protect his wife, the actress Jean Seberg; like her endeavors to help black activists; like his need to rescue himself from the "predicament of being trapped, lock, stock and barrel within a human skin"—lead from crisis to grief.

Using the re-education of this adopted pet as a metaphor for the need to quash American racism, Gary develops a domestic crisis into a full-scale social allegory.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780226284309
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • Publication date: 11/1/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 290
  • Sales rank: 1,516,120
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author


A best-selling author in France and a two-time winner of the Prix Goncourt, Romain Gary wrote in both French and English and under the pseudonyms Emile Ajar Gary and Fosco Sinibaldi. Best known for Lady L, The Life Before Us, Promise at Dawn: A Memoir, and The Roots of Heaven, he published his first novel, L'éducation européenne, when he was 31. His film, Les Oiseaux vont mourir au Pérou, was banned by the Cinema Control Commission. Gary committed suicide in Paris in 1980.
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