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Born to a Jewish family in Paris in 1925, Claude Lanzmanns first encounter with radicalism was as part of the Resistance during the Nazi occupation. He and his father were soldiers of the underground until the end of the war, smuggling arms and making raids on the German army. After the liberation of France, he studied philosophy at the Sorbonne, making money by dressing as a priest and collecting donations and by stealing books from bookshops. It was in Paris that he met Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir. It was a life-changing meeting. The young Lanzmann began a seven-year affair with the older de Beauvoir. He became the editor of Sartres political-literary journal, Les Temps Modernes—a position that he holds to this day—and came to know the most important literary and philosophical figures of postwar France. And all this before he was thirty years old.

Written in precise, rich prose of rare beauty, organized—like human memory—in interconnected fragments that eschew conventional chronology, and describing in detail the making of his seminal film Shoah, The Patagonian Hare is a work of art, more significant and more ambitious than mere memoir. In it, Lanzmann has created a love song to life balanced by the eye of a true auteur.

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"This remarkable debut by Lanzmann, world-renowned French journalist and film director most celebrated for his epic nine-and-a-half hour Holocaust documentary Shoah, illuminates the depth and breadth of a man's life in the context of enormous historical change and upheaval. His guiding voice weaves through events both comedic and grave, for just as his film is an oral history of the Holocaust, his memoir is an oral recollection of his life, told in great spurts of vocal energy (the text was dictated to assistants), fluid in time and chronology, and vividly detailed. Lanzmann discusses his work as a French resistance fighter during WWII, stealing philosophy books as a student in Paris, his relationship with Sartre and his affair with Simone de Beauvoir, and his sister's suicide. Lanzmann candidly reveals all, 'simply to tell the truth.' For 'Where, if not in this book,' he asks, 'will it be told?' The incredible determination required to make Shoah speaks to Lanzmann's extraordinary artistic and humane vision: 'I only obeyed my own rules, not yielding to the constraints of time or money, or those people who... pressed me to finish. But that was how I was.' This captivating and inspiring memoir attests to the fact that Lanzmann unyieldingly remains an individual dedicated to telling stories that matter, including his own. "
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“Even if I lived a hundred lives, I still wouldnt be exhausted.” These words capture the intensity of the experiences of Claude Lanzmann, a man whose acts have always been a negation of resignation: a member of the French Resistance at sixteen, a friend to Jean-Paul Sartre and a lover to Simone de Beauvoir, and the director of movies including one of the most important films in the history of cinema, Shoah.

In these pages, Lanzmann composes a hymn to life that flows from memory yet has the rhythm of a novel, as tumultuous as it is energetic. The Patagonian Hare is the story of a man who has searched at every moment for existential adventure, who has committed himself deeply to what he believes in, and who has made his life a battle.

The Patagonian Hare, a number-one bestseller in France, has been translated into Spanish, German, Italian, Hebrew, Polish, Dutch, and Portuguese. Filmmaker Claude Lanzmanns brilliant memoir has been widely acclaimed as a masterpiece, was hailed as “a true literary and historic event” in the pages of Le Monde, and was awarded the prestigious Welt-Literaturpreis in Germany.

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Claude Lanzmann is an eighty-four-year-old French journalist, political commentator, and filmmaker whose most renowned work is the classic nine-and-a-half-hour documentary Shoah (1985), an oral history of the Holocaust that is considered to be the foremost film on the subject. Lanzmann is chief editor of Les Temps Modernes, which was founded by Jean- Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir. The Patagonian Hare is his first book.

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John Gibson, January 1, 2013 (view all comments by John Gibson)
A highly important personal chronicle of growing up before and during WWII in France, and a lifetime of reporting and writing on the post-war existential crises of Europe. A close friend of Sartre and sometime editor of Les Temps Modernes, Lanzmann reports on the tide of French and European intellectuals in the postwar period, on journalism, on the Arab-Israeli conflict, and his completion of the great project of his life, the film Shoah, probably the greatest examination of the Holocaust we will ever have. A truly marvelous and insightful book.
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ISBN:
9780374230043
Author:
Lanzmann, Claude
Publisher:
Farrar Straus Giroux
Author:
Wynne, Frank
Author:
Gaffney, John
Subject:
Artists, Architects, Photographers
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Biography-Artists Architects and Photographers
Subject:
Entertainment & Performing Arts
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Biography - General
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Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20120331
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
2 Black-and-White Illustrations
Pages:
544
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "This remarkable debut by Lanzmann, world-renowned French journalist and film director most celebrated for his epic nine-and-a-half hour Holocaust documentary Shoah, illuminates the depth and breadth of a man's life in the context of enormous historical change and upheaval. His guiding voice weaves through events both comedic and grave, for just as his film is an oral history of the Holocaust, his memoir is an oral recollection of his life, told in great spurts of vocal energy (the text was dictated to assistants), fluid in time and chronology, and vividly detailed. Lanzmann discusses his work as a French resistance fighter during WWII, stealing philosophy books as a student in Paris, his relationship with Sartre and his affair with Simone de Beauvoir, and his sister's suicide. Lanzmann candidly reveals all, 'simply to tell the truth.' For 'Where, if not in this book,' he asks, 'will it be told?' The incredible determination required to make Shoah speaks to Lanzmann's extraordinary artistic and humane vision: 'I only obeyed my own rules, not yielding to the constraints of time or money, or those people who... pressed me to finish. But that was how I was.' This captivating and inspiring memoir attests to the fact that Lanzmann unyieldingly remains an individual dedicated to telling stories that matter, including his own. "
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"Synopsis" by ,

“Even if I lived a hundred lives, I still wouldnt be exhausted.” These words capture the intensity of the experiences of Claude Lanzmann, a man whose acts have always been a negation of resignation: a member of the French Resistance at sixteen, a friend to Jean-Paul Sartre and a lover to Simone de Beauvoir, and the director of movies including one of the most important films in the history of cinema, Shoah.

In these pages, Lanzmann composes a hymn to life that flows from memory yet has the rhythm of a novel, as tumultuous as it is energetic. The Patagonian Hare is the story of a man who has searched at every moment for existential adventure, who has committed himself deeply to what he believes in, and who has made his life a battle.

The Patagonian Hare, a number-one bestseller in France, has been translated into Spanish, German, Italian, Hebrew, Polish, Dutch, and Portuguese. Filmmaker Claude Lanzmanns brilliant memoir has been widely acclaimed as a masterpiece, was hailed as “a true literary and historic event” in the pages of Le Monde, and was awarded the prestigious Welt-Literaturpreis in Germany.

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