Romain Gary

1914 - 1980

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Romain Gary (pronounced [ʁɔ.mɛ̃ ga.ʁi]; 21 May [O.S. 8 May] 1914 – 2 December 1980), born Roman Kacew (pronounced [kat͡sɛf], and also known by the pen name Émile Ajar), was a French novelist, diplomat, film director, and World War II aviator. He is the only author to have won the Prix Goncourt under two names. He is considered a major writer of French literature of the second half of the 20th century. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Romain Gary has received more than 1,138,532 page views. His biography is available in 50 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 48 in 2019). Romain Gary is the 567th most popular writer (down from 365th in 2019), the 15th most popular biography from Lithuania (down from 8th in 2019) and the 2nd most popular Lithuanian Writer.

Romain Gary was a French writer who was most famous for his novels "The Roots of Heaven" and "The Life Before Us."

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Notable Works

Chien blanc
La vie devant soi
Promise at Dawn
Charge d'âme
Les racines du ciel
Lady L
This is a thoroughly interesting tale about aristocracy, appearances and amour! We meet the aging version of Lady L at her 80th birthday party. All of her esteemed grandchildren, her son and their families have gathered. On her estate is a pavilion, which Lady L keeps locked with her treasured memorabilia. The land is being taken by the government and so the pavilion must be demolished. Most of the book happens in flashback as Lady L takes her trusted but stuffy friend Percy whose help she needs in saving the pavilion and relates to him the beginning of a young girl Annette Boudin whose father was an anarchist and whose mother ran away with another man. Her unusual upbringing was complicated by her father's demise, where the unusually attractive young woman took to earning her way in the world's oldest profession. She meets the also greatly attractive Armand Denis, who happens to also be an anarchist and delights in assassinations of powerful royal figures across Europe. As the tale unfolds, Lady L is taken under wing by a powerful but bohemian wealthy man named Glendale nearing the end of his life. Discovering she is pregnant with Armand's child, she marries Glendale to protect her child. She assumes a great estate and wealth upon Glendale's passing. The story comes to a crashing climax as years later when the now known Lady L in her second society marriage gets word that Armand has been released from prison. The flames of passion run through her again. The novel comes to a crashing conclusion with its final heist and Lady L's revealed secret of why she cares so deeply about what will happen to her pavilion. --Lee Armstrong at Amazon.com. This book was made into a 1965 movie of the same title.

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Over the past year Romain Gary has had the most page views in the with 762,314 views, followed by English (116,591), and Russian (57,363). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are Indonesian (1,069.84%), Korean (73.20%), and Catalan (73.09%)


Among writers, Romain Gary ranks 567 out of 7,302Before him are Georges Perec, Ausonius, Marina Tsvetaeva, Sidney Sheldon, A. A. Milne, and Faxian. After him are William S. Burroughs, Al-Zamakhshari, Harry Martinson, Gaius Julius Hyginus, Jaroslav Seifert, and Laurence Sterne.

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Among people born in 1914, Romain Gary ranks 18Before him are Alec Guinness, Ahmed Hassan al-Bakr, Richard Widmark, Mohammed Zahir Shah, Bohumil Hrabal, and Abd al-Karim Qasim. After him are William S. Burroughs, Willi Stoph, Lída Baarová, Joe Louis, Aribert Heim, and Richard Laurence Millington Synge. Among people deceased in 1980, Romain Gary ranks 26Before him are Peter Sellers, Vladimir Vysotsky, Alexei Kosygin, Otto Frank, Hans Asperger, and Oswald Mosley. After him are Milton H. Erickson, John Bonham, Fritz Strassmann, Princess Victoria Louise of Prussia, Alexander Oparin, and Óscar Romero.

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In Lithuania

Among people born in Lithuania, Romain Gary ranks 15 out of 328Before him are Eliezer Ben-Yehuda (1858), Emma Goldman (1869), Algirdas (1296), Pyotr Wrangel (1878), Kęstutis (1297), and César Cui (1835). After him are Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis (1875), Jascha Heifetz (1901), Emilia Plater (1806), Dalia Grybauskaitė (1956), Valdas Adamkus (1926), and Antanas Smetona (1874).

Among WRITERS In Lithuania

Among writers born in Lithuania, Romain Gary ranks 2Before him are Czesław Miłosz (1911). After him are Jonas Mekas (1922), Simon Dach (1605), Hermann Sudermann (1857), Tomas Venclova (1937), Branislaw Tarashkyevich (1892), Vydūnas (1868), Francišak Bahuševič (1840), Irena Veisaitė (1928), Osip Senkovsky (1800), and Justinas Marcinkevičius (1930).