Romain Gary

French writer and diplomat (1914-1980)

1914   -   1980

country of citizenship: France, Russian Empire, Poland
language of expression: Polish, Yiddish, Russian, English, French
educated at: Lycée Masséna
occupation: film director, screenwriter, diplomat, translator, jurist, aircraft pilot, novelist, science fiction writer, writer, French Resistance fighter, politician
award received: Commander of the Legion of Honour, Companion of the Liberation, Prix Goncourt, Insignia for the Military Wounded

Romain Gary (pronounced [ʁɔ.mɛ̃ ga.ʁi]; 21 May [O.S. 8 May] 1914 – 2 December 1980), born Roman Kacew (also known by the pen name Émile Ajar), was a French novelist, diplomat, film director, and World War II aviator of Jewish origin. He is the only author to have won the Prix Goncourt under two names.
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