The Life Before Us is the story of an orphaned Arab boy, Momo, and his devotion to Madame Rosa, a dying, 68-year-old, 220-lb. survivor of Auschwitz and retired "lady of the night."Momo has been one of the ever-changing ragbag of whores' children at Madame Rosa's boardinghouse in Paris ever since he can remember. But when the check that pays for his keep no longer arrives and as Madame Rosa becomes too ill to climb the stairs to their apartment, he determines to support her any way he can.
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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 aviator. He wrote under several pen names and is the only writer to have received the Prix de Goncourt twice. Gary was also a diplomat and filmmaker, and was married to the American actress Jean Seberg. He died in Paris in 1980 from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Ralph Manheim (1907-1992) was an American translator of German and French literature, as well as occasional works from Dutch, Polish and Hungarian. The PEN/Ralph Manheim Medal for Translation, a major lifetime achievement award in the field of translation. is named in honor of Manheim and his work.
James Laughlin (1914–1997) founded New Directions in 1936 while still a student at Harvard. He wrote and compiled more than a dozen books of poetry as well as stories and essays; seven volumes of his correspondence with his authors are available from W.W. Norton.
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Book Description Collins, 1978. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fair. Dust Jacket Condition: Fair. jacket is worn, chipped, cut and creased. foxing, staining and marks on both book and jacket. edge wear on boards. gift inscription. one sticker. fair reading copy.1st English edition.[S.K]. Bookseller Inventory # bzvk
Book Description Roman - Librairie Jules Tallandi, 1979. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. A slight tan to the page edges. Light foxing to the page edges. Good condition is defined as: a copy that has been read but remains in clean condition. All of the pages are intact and the cover is intact and the spine may show signs of wear. The book may have minor markings which are not specifically mentioned. Most items will be dispatched the same or the next working day. Bookseller Inventory # mon0006795486
Book Description Hardback. Book Condition: Very Good. The book has been read, but is in excellent condition. Pages are intact and not marred by notes or highlighting. The spine remains undamaged. Bookseller Inventory # GOR008108943
Book Description Collins & Harvill Press, London, 1978. Hardback. 1st English Language Edition. Octavo Size [approx 15.5 x 22.8cm]. Very Good condition in Very Good Dustjacket. DJ protected in purpose-made plastic sleeve. Dustjacket is price clipped with a small piece missing to the upper rear edge. A tiny spot of foxing to lower edge of front free endpaper and some scattered dots of foxing to fore edge. 182 pages Translated from the French by Ralph Manheim. Winner of the Prix Goncourt. First published in France in 1975 as La Vie Devant Soi. Emile Ajar was one of Romaine Gary's pseudonyms. Bookseller Inventory # 289920
Book Description Collins & Harvill Press, 1978. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Fair. 1st Edition. 182 pages (complete). First English language edition under the original English translation title. Published in French as "La Vie Devant Soi". Later made into a film with the much-lived Simone Signoret. This won an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film. A yellow band (in good, neat condition) is wrapped around the book. Emile Ajar was the diplomat and author Romain Gary (this was only revealed in his suicide note). A contented copy. The dustjacket is bright but has wear to all edges. The boards are tight, smart and has some marking. Within, the contents are in excellent condition. The pages are tight, fresh, healthy, youthful, clean, clear and as new. fk. Bookseller Inventory # bcdt
Book Description Collin & Harvill Press, London, 1978. Orange Cloth HC-Gilt Lettering. Book Condition: Near New. Dust Jacket Condition: As New. First Edition. 8 1/2 " x 5 1/4". po signature and short message on first blank page; translated from the French La Vie Devant Soi by Ralph Manheim; Awarded the Prix Goncourt; pp. 182; price clipped. Bookseller Inventory # 007870