The Patagonian Hare by Claude Lanzmann
A Memoir

75%

18 Critic Reviews

“The Patagonian Hare” is poetically intense in places...
-NY Times

Synopsis

“Even if I lived a hundred lives, I still wouldn’t 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 Resistance at sixteen, a friend to Jean-Paul Sartre and a lover to Simone de Beauvoir, and the director of 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. Claude Lanzmann’s 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.


 

About Claude Lanzmann

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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 lives in Paris.
 
Published March 13, 2012 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 544 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment, Business & Economics, Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction
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Critic reviews for The Patagonian Hare
All: 18 | Positive: 13 | Negative: 5

Kirkus

Excellent
Reviewed by Kirkus Reviews on Feb 06 2012

...a beautifully written memoir driven by both the writer’s passion for living and his memories of lost friends.

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Guardian

Excellent
Reviewed by Ed Vullliamy on Mar 03 2012

Lanzmann's book is written in a deeply satisfying style, as though he were unfolding his life as thoughts occurred to him over dinner.

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NY Times

Good
Reviewed by Paul Berman on Aug 10 2012

“The Patagonian Hare” is poetically intense in places...

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
Reviewed by Publishers Weekly on Apr 09 2012

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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The Telegraph

Excellent
Reviewed by Nicholas Shakespeare on Mar 15 2012

But his memoir is also – surprisingly and triumphantly – a childlike celebration of life

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The Telegraph

Above average
Reviewed by Richard Davenport-Hines on Mar 06 2012

The Patagonian Hare is monstrously vain, a rodomontade of Lanzmann’s triumphs, as well as cinematically vivid, bursting with memorable stories and endlessly fascinating.

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The Independent

Below average
Reviewed by Andrew Hussey on Feb 17 2012

The Patagonian Hare is composed in a strange and elliptical fashion

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Huffington Post

Excellent
Reviewed by Laura Paull on Mar 15 2012

Rich in remembered detail, sprawling in scope, and fascinating in its accounts of a life whose significance was both thrust upon him and actively sought, The Patagonian Hare will easily find readers...

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Boston.com

Below average
Reviewed by Richard Eder on Mar 25 2012

...hefty, jagged, and eventually overpowering memoir

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London Review of Books

Below average
Reviewed by Adam Shatz on Apr 05 2012

That a chronicler of the Holocaust could become a mystical champion of military force, an unswerving defender of Israel’s war against the Palestinian people and a skilled denier of its crimes, is a remarkable story, but you won’t find it in Lanzmann’s memoir.

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The New Yorker

Excellent
Reviewed by Richard Brody on Mar 19 2012

Lanzmann sets forth the peculiar yet exemplary fund of life experience that made the film possible.

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New Statesman

Excellent
Reviewed by George Walden on Mar 22 2012

The zest for adventure is compelling, the writing... fluent and inventive... the character and topographical sketches dazzling, the action sequences enthralling.

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The Spectator

Excellent
Reviewed by Caroline Moorehead on Mar 17 2012

...an engrossing and important commentary on one of the great documentaries of the 20th century.

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Vol. 1 Brooklyn

Excellent
Reviewed by Joe Winkler on Mar 30 2012

Lanzmann provides a heady whirlwind of well-crafted details that can often straddle the line between memoir and fascinating fiction.

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The Nervous Breakdown

Below average
Reviewed by JP Smith on Mar 21 2012

...it’s with some dismay that we learn that Lanzmann’s book had been dictated, leaving it more of a bravura cavalcade through the years than a more thoughtful and introspective return to a vital period of the author’s life.

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Carlin Romano

Excellent
Reviewed by Carlin Romano on Mar 11 2012

The Patagonian Hare... [is] recounted here with a master storyteller's ability to make tumbling memories cohere.

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Joelle Diderich

Excellent
Reviewed by Joelle Diderich on Apr 04 2012

...a rich historical tapestry... In a freewheeling literary style that defies chronological narration

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The Jewish Week

Below average
Reviewed by George Robinson on Mar 27 2012

The result is engaging, charming, frequently drily witty, but also challenging, compelling and moving.

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