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The Colors of the Days : A novel by Romain Gary ; Translated from the French by Stephen Becker

The Colors of the Days : A novel by Romain Gary ; Translated from the French by Stephen Becker


New York : Simon and Schuster, 1953. First Edition. Stated. Hardcover. 310 pages ; 22 cm. $3.50 dust jacket with foxing to verso. Foxing to cover boards, front and rear endpapers, and litely on top pages edge. Pages are age toned and unmarked. Binding is firm.

The Colors of the Day is above all a love story. It is also the story of idealism, of men who fought for all the great causes in the last twenty-five years. It tells the story of a Frenchman who defended all the ideals of his land, but who tried desperately to stop, to limit himself to the pursuit of his personal happiness, to limit his love for humanity to a love for one single human being, for a woman. It describes the sensual and emotional battle a woman fought to keep her lover, to defend him against the "cause," the eternal rival of all human beings in love.

On the background of Carnival on the French Riviera, it shows the fight of men of our time for their private happiness and their final and humble submission, once more, to a cause greater than themselves. It tells of a romantic and thrilling adventure in the famous places of the French Mediterranean, and at the same time it deals with the greatest issues of our day. But above all, it is a love story, tender, passionate and bold, concerned from the first page to the last with men and women overwhelmed by their craving for love.

Author of
The Colors of the Day

There are few writers who saw as much of World War II as Romain Gary. He enlisted in the French Air Force in 1937 and was a pilot at the time of the fall of France in 1940. He flew himself and his plane to Britain via North Africa, joined the R.A.F., and later returned to the Mediterranean theater to serve with the famous "Lorraine" bombing squadron of the Free French. He fought in Abyssinia, Libya, and Syria, and from 1943 until the landings in Normandy he flew in the devastating low-level attacks over occupied territory in Western Europe. When the war ended, he was a captain on the French staff in London, received the Croix de la Liberation, the Croix de Guerre, and was made a Chevalier of the Legion d'Honneur.

He was born in Nice, France, was educated in Nice and Aix-en-Provence, received a law degree in Paris, and went to Poland long enough to get a diploma in Slavic languages at the University of Warsaw. He is married to a British journalist, Lesley Blanch, and speaks and writes English, Russian, and Polish. His first book, Education Europeenne (which was never published in this country), won the Prix des Critiques in Paris in 1945, sold widely in Europe, and was translated into fourteen languages. The Company of Men, a story of post-war adolescents imParis, was published in America in 1951.

Romain Gary is a career diplomat who has served in French embassies in England, Bulgaria and Switzerland. He is at present First Secretary of the French Delegation to the United Nations.

The Superb European Reviews for The Colors of the Day

In France...
"Only one word can be applied to it: mastery. An exceptional personality .. . this book stands out completely in contemporary writing." —ROGER MARTIN DU GARD

"His novel is a deep cry of our thwarted genius!"

"Brilliant and captivating ... In the moving depth of love story, of a sensual hymn, it is fascinating to follow the evolution of a man of good will." —ROBERT KEMP

In Belgium ...
"This is the story of all the great lovers of all times."—ADRIAN GANS, Le Soir

In England ...
"This book seems to me to possess every virtue; romantic and extremely funny, it has hardly a page without some memorable observation. The Colors of the Day deserves to be read for its very high entertainment value, and also for the light it throws upon the French attitude to modern life and many of its problems." —NANCY MITFORD in the London Times

In Switzerland . ..
"A powerful panorama of the contemporary world . . .rich, passionate, ironic ... a return to the love story in a light where lyricism, humor and cruelty never part company." —La Gazette de Lausanne

The Colors of the Day has been translated from the French by Stephen Becker, author of the 1951 Harper Find Novel, The Season of the Stranger, a novel of modern China. He is currently living in France with his wife and two young children and is at work on a new book.

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