The Ski Bum

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The Ski Bum
First edition
AuthorRomain Gary
PublisherHarper & Row
Publication date
Media typePrint (Hardback & Paperback)

The Ski Bum is a novel by Lithuanian-French author Romain Gary (1914–1980). French translation was published in 1969 under the title 'Adieu Gary Cooper'. The novel tells the story of Lenni, a 21-year-old boy escaping from America, his country of birth, to pursue his dreams in the Alpine mountains of Switzerland. The story is about how he faces his obstacles with his logic.

An unsuccessful film adaptation was released in 1971, starring Zalman King and Charlotte Rampling.[1][2]


  1. ^ Shayne, Bob (28 February 1971). "Leading Man Named Zalman?". The New York Times.
  2. ^ "The Ski Bum (1971)". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 10 June 2017.