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Praise for The Patagonian Hare
“His is an extraordinary life . . . It is a rumbustious, engaging, frustrating, joyous rampage through some of the most significant chapters of postwar history in the company of an unforgettable man.” —David Cesarani, Literary Review
“As the 21st century takes a new and frightening shape, it is well to remember the strange heroism of men like Lanzmann, who opposed the darkest forces of the 20th century with an unmitigated belief in freedom, and not just freedom of belief.” —Andrew Hussey, The Independent
“A work of art . . . [Lanzmann] has lived every moment the way one writes a story or directs a film: completely, intensely . . . [The Patagonian Hare is] a true literary and historic event.” —Le Monde
“Lanzmann reminds us in these pages that he is a tremendous writer.” —Marianne
“This book isn’t a compendium of memories . . . It’s a great, epic work, heartbreaking and full of enthusiasm. The writing dances, shudders, trembles and melts voluptuously. It has that quality of changing your life.” —Le Point
“Without a doubt, one of the masterpieces of world literature.” —Die Welt
“A great book.” —Joan de Sagarra, La Vanguardia
“This book is a masterpiece, both picaresque and serious, funny and tragic.” —Bernard-Henri Lévy, Le Point
“Instead of going to the beach, putting on a bathing suit and going swimming, or going to the movies, I stay in my room and read a book, and I swim in the sea of wisdom. Right now, I am reading a magnificent book by Claude Lanzmann . . . Reading [The Patagonian Hare] gives me the greatest pleasure in life.” —Shimon Peres, Israel Hayom
“A masterpiece of our time. The suggestive power of this evocation of the past century is without precedent.” —Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung
“We follow Lanzmann’s adventures as if they came from a novel by London, Hemingway or Kessel.” —Max Gallo, Le Figaro
“Half a century of fury, tears and hopes related by one of the most important witnesses of our time.” —L’Express
“Claude Lanzmann recounts our age with a vitality and virtuosity rarely seen.” —Le Magazine Littéraire
Claude Lanzmann is a French writer and the director of a number of films, including the nine-and-a-half-hour classic Shoah (1985), which was described by The Washington Post as “the film event of the century” and is regarded internationally as a historical and cinematic breakthrough. Lanzmann is chief editor of Les Temps Modernes, which was founded by Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir.
He has also created one of the great and lasting monuments to a lost world. For that, alone, his is a life worth reading about. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Librum
Am interesting life. An extraordinary vitality. A surprise. From the French Resistance to the filming of SHOAH. Sometimes bully in his opinions. Biased but, acceptable. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Claudiomm
A compelling reconstruction of of the intellectual development of the producer/director of Shoah. Especially strong in recounting his relationship to Simone deBeauvior and Sartre. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Irving Seidman
The themes jumped around zigzag like a hare pursued by hounds. Lack of continuity; it also should have an index.Published 10 months ago by Ernest Seinfeld
It's well written, he's crammed a lot in one lifetime (not over yet), his opinions on the struggle for Algerian independence are insightful and he takes us "behind the scenes... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Robert G Field
As an admirer of Claude Lanzamann's films, I was looking forward to reading his memoir. In particular his vision in constructing "Shoah". Read morePublished 11 months ago by "Belgo Geordie"
An exceptional book written by an exceptional man who had intimate relationships with some of the most famous French writers of his time, and who was responsible for the finest... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Philip J. Stein
This is one of the best books I read this year.
Lantzmann was in several crossroads of the 20th century,
from war to philosophy, from hell to love and he describes them... Read more
This account is a story of a most accomplished life by a very gifted artist -- a graceful autobiography that encompasses a youth fighting the Nazi occupation of France plus a... Read morePublished 19 months ago by crowesq