Promise at Dawn

Promise at Dawn

by Romain Gary

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Overview

A classic of modern French literature, the thrilling real-life story of the military hero, ambassador, ladies man, writer, and loving son

"I grew up in the certitude that one day I should help give back the earth to those who ennoble it with their courage and warm it with their love."

Promise at Dawn begins as the story of a mother’s sacrifice: alone and poor, she fiercely battles to give her son the very best. Romain Gary chronicles his childhood in Russia, Poland, and on the French Riviera and recounts his adventurous life as a young man fighting for France in World War II. But above all he tells the story of the love for his mother that was his life—their secret and private planet, their wonderland “born out of a mother’s murmur into a child’s ear, a promise whispered at dawn of future triumphs and greatness, of justice and love.”

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780811221986
Publisher: New Directions Publishing Corporation
Publication date: 10/31/2017
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 596,985
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)

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.

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