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Le Lièvre de Patagonie

4.02 of 5 stars 4.02  ·  rating details  ·  188 ratings  ·  41 reviews
« Quand venait l'heure de nous coucher et de nous mettre en pyjama, notre père restait près de nous et nous apprenait à disposer nos vêtements dans l'ordre très exact du rhabillage. Il nous avertissait, nous savions que la cloche de la porte extérieure nous réveillerait en plein sommeil et que nous aurions à fuir, comme si la Gestapo surgissait. "Votre temps sera chronomét ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 756 pages
Published September 9th 2010 by Folio (first published 2009)
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It seems like the bookshelves are lousy with limp memoirs - have shitty parents and a creepy late-night uncle? Hike the Adirondack Trail after getting dumped by a guy who married your mom? Kick heroin or do a stretch in the penitentiary after coming home from Iraq without a kneecap? Good for you! However, do you really have enough to say that it deserves an entire book? Are you ready to explore the deep natures of courage and cowardice?

Because this guy most surely does have enough to say - he wa
Helen Epstein
Claude Lanzmann -- the French writer, editor-in-chief of Les Temps Modernes and film-maker best known for his nine-and-a-half hour film Shoah -- was in Cambridge last week to promote his book of memoirs The Patagonian Hare (FSG, 544 pp). proved to be a cranky conversationalist. Billed as "A Conversation with Claude Lanzmann," the event turned out to be more of a cranky monologue. But when you're 86, still working, and are regarded by some as a cinematic genius, tout est permis, at least the audi ...more
Michele Weiner
Claude Lanzmann has a story to tell. He grew up during the worst of WWII, a French Jew whose very wise father removed him from Paris in order to protect him in the provinces. While living in the country, he managed to attend school, then as the war came back to Europe, he joined the resistance. His communist party affiliation was firm until they began to issue orders that he betray his non-communist fellows, at which point he bolted the party, becoming an assassination target, at least formally. ...more
The TLS called Claude Lanzmann "one of the last towering intellectuals of post-war France." He writes like a dream, and has done all those things you and I wish we could be able to do while we were still able. He is now eighty-six years old, and this is his superb biography, as published originally in French three years ago.

He taught himself to climb the Alps and ski. He joined the resistance in Clermont-Ferrand and fought in the maquis until 1945. He trained himself as a journalist, befriende
What a life! The bulk of this memoir is both extraordinary and exceptionally well crafted. Lanzmann is a superb writer and a very deep thinker. He is also, not surprisingly, a bit of a narcissist. Stretches of this book are self-congratulatory in ways I found grating. But the exceptional portions outnumber (and outweigh) their opposite, and the memoir ends even more powerfully (and searingly) than it begins. (And it begins very powerfully.) In all a very substantial read, and a rewarding one.
Claude Lanzmann is a French filmaker and genius. Claude Lanzmann certainly thinks so. While he's led an undeniably rich and interesting life, and was good friends with a number of fascinating and famous intellectuals and public figures, the over-riding, ego-maniacal self-regard was KILLING me. Life is short. I had to put this down half-way through. Sorry, Claude.
L'auteur a beau avoir fait des trucs incroyables et mené une vie très riche, je le trouve surtout très mesquin et égocentrique (mais c'est peut-être nécessaire pour écrire des mémoires) de régler ses comptes ainsi, 20ans après certains faits et après la morts de certains de ses adversaires/ennemis.
This is not a book to lightly put aside.
It should be thrown with great force.
Against a roomful of shredders
Above a vat of acid

I read it a few years ago in an agony of conflict - I wanted to like it, I wanted to know more. I was traveling and my bag was heavy, and after a few hundred pages I had determined I HATED the writer. I wanted to destroy the book, but it's against my religion. And I had to know where OTHER characters ended up. I ended up finishing it quickly, in apnea.

Interesting times, f
Lanzmann had a busy and enviable life as a journalist and epoch-marking documentary film-maker. Obviously his memoirs are interesting because he crossed paths with so many movers and shakers and yet managed to carve such a singular path for himself. I was surprised by the high register of his prose, full of imperfect subjunctives. Like most memoirists I've read, he falls into the trap of giving pride of place to his youth, which I always find annoying. Hey, guys, if you've been bored out of your ...more
(A slightly altered version of this review can be found at BookBrowse if you are a member there.)

When I was offered the opportunity to review Claude Lanzmann's memoir for BookBrowse, I jumped at the chance though I had never before heard his name. Just the fact that he was one of Simone de Beauvoir's lovers compelled my interest. Before reading The Patagonian Hare I added to my reading on Beauvoir by devouring Tete A Tete by Hazel Rowley, as well as the second volume of Beauvoir's memoirs, The P
Mary  Goodnight
L'histoire d'une vie unique et multiple... Magistrale, l'autobiographie de Claude Lanzmann donne à voir une époque révolue, un âge d'or de la pensée et de la vie intellectuelle ; un monde pré-mondialisation où tous les voyages se muaient en aventures, en expériences à même d'ébranler l'individu au plus profond de lui-même. Lanzmann, aventurier des "Temps modernes", a grandi, aux côtés de Sartre et Simone de Beauvoir, dans ce terreau qui lui donnera, plus tard, les armes pour réaliser son oeuvre- ...more
Claude Lanzmann knows how to get a reader's attention: the first sentence of the first chapter of his memoir (originally published in French in 2009) is this: "The guillotine – more generally, capital punishment and the various methods of meting out death – has been the abiding obsession of my life" (1). He goes on to talk about seeing a film featuring a scene with a guillotine when he was a child, how it stayed with him: how later, as an adult, he paid attention to executions: "I compelled myse ...more
T.P. Williams
I enjoyed this book a great deal. I found some of the self-promotion unintentionally humorous (maybe as a result of the translation). The kiss and tell aspect regarding his amorous adventures was interesting, but I thought he did give enough detail of his relationship with Simone de Beauvoir. I found his lengthy description of a romantic/erotic encounter - unconsummated, mind you - with a nurse in North Korea in 1958 odd, to say the least. He reveals a personality that is obsessive. I liked the ...more
The Patagonian Hare / Claude Lanzmann. Interesting memoir of a Frenchman of Jewish ancestry: active in the French resistance, prominent journalist, writer and film maker. The film Shoah will be his lasting memorial. Intimate of Jean-Paul Satre and Simone de Beauvoir. At times too much celebrity aura, but nevertheless, a real and exceptional life told honestly and well, I think. The making of Shoah was the best portion of the book.
Viel wird nicht erzählt über Sartre und de Beauvoir, aber die haben ja auch ihre eigenen Biografien und Lanzmann hat es absolut nicht nötig, sich über seine beziehungen zu den beiden großen Philosophen zu definieren, die in diesem Buch beinahe banal wirken. Bei der Lektüre dieser Autobiografie lohnt es sich, einen Zugang zu Wikipedia zu besitzen, ansonsten verliert man sich leicht in dem Kontext der geschichtsträchtigen Erzählung, die Claude Lanzmann hier diktiert hat. Mit dem entsprechenden Hin ...more
This book is a very welcome companion to Lanzmann's signature film SHOAH. Lanzmann has had a varied, exciting, harrowing, adventurous life. While all roads sort of lead toward the making of Shoah, he would have an interesting story without it. He fought in the Resistance as a teen, knew Sartre well (was sort of Sartre's right hand man), lived with Simone de Beauvoir, visited North Korea shortly after the war (and again later). About 100 pages or so are devoted to Shoah, and they seem abbreviated ...more
Ein beeindruckendes Leben - nicht ohne Kenntnisse über den gang der französischen Geschichte der letzten Jahrzehnte zu lesen - auch praktisch, wenn man von Sarter und de Beauvoir mehr kennt als nur die Namen. Er hat das Buch praktisch diktiert - und gerät an einigen Stellen nachhaltig ins Schwärmen. Leider klingt das gelegentlich selbstherrlich und auch mal rechthaberisch. Das Hüpfen von Thema zu Thema - grob an der Biographie orientiert - ist dagegen sehr lebendig und echt. Am beeindurckendsten ...more
I had not expected to really read this book. I am, in fact I will finish. The writing is beautiful. I do not know the difference between a memoir and an autobiography; however this is a memoir of memories that are fascinating to me. It is writing that does not advance in a a straight line but it does not meander or confuse. Neither is it a collection of stories. I feel like he is telling me about his life. It is good to learn about Jean-Paul Sartre in this oblique way because satre is too hard t ...more
Le début est palpitant. Puis il y a des lourdeurs, lorque Lanzmann s'adonne à l'auto-promotion. Mais dans l'ensemble, cela se lit bien.
How does one review a memoir of this intensity and beauty? Through the evil and horrors of the world that he experienced in his life and through his years as a journalist and filmmaker culminating in "Shoah", Claude Lanzmann shares such an incredibly personal and beautiful story of life, love and determination. And, one learns much about Sartre and deBeauvoir, his very close friends and she also his lover or rather he hers. “I am neither indifferent to, nor weary of, this world; had I a hundred ...more
A very interesting autobiography of/by Claude Lanzmann (who leads an interesting life).

From Wikipedia:
"Lanzmann's most renowned work is the nine-and-a-half hour documentary film Shoah (1985), which is an oral history of the Holocaust, and is broadly considered to be the foremost film on the subject. Of particular note is that Shoah is made without the use of any historical footage, and only utilizes first-person testimony from Jewish, Polish, and German individuals, and contemporary footage of s
18. Un libro recomendado por un amigo. Ni sabía que existía, me agarró y no me soltó. Gracias, Derri.
Une plongée vertigineuse avec Claude Lanzmann dans l'histoire du XXe siècle, de sa jeunesse résistante à sa maturité cinématographique. On le suis avec curiosité dans ses aventures, qu'elles soient professionnelles, géographiques ou sentimentales. C'est un roman dicté - et non écrit - ce qui rend le récit fluide et vivant. Des longueurs cependant vers la fin au moment de l'élaboration de "Shoah".
Quite a slog for me reading it in French, but well worth the effort. Puts into perspective all the trite and trivial celebrity autobiographies and misery memoirs that are churned out. This man truly lived, and lived a life worth recording. He had something to say about the world and the literary skill to say it. Not sure that I could face watching his epic film Shoah, but at least now I have a good idea of its impact.
And lots of nice gossip about Sartre and de Beauvoir to lighten things up!
I think I was at a disadvantage reading this, since I haven't seen any of Lanzmann's films. The book definitely made me want to watch them. He dedicates considerable portions of the book to explaining how the ideas and themes of the films came about, and to describing the various obstacles he faced while directing them. While it was fairly interesting to read even without knowing the films, I think I would have enjoyed it much more had I seen them.
Julian Schlaen
Jan 17, 2014 Julian Schlaen rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Luciano Schlaen
Recommended to Julian by: Nicolas Geller
Shelves: historia, biografias
Extenso relato de la interesante vida de Claude Lanzmann, quien comparte gran parte de su tiempo con Sartre y Simone de Beauvoir en Francia. Desde la ocupación nazi de Francia hasta la fundación de Israel, múltiples eventos son experimentados por Lanzmann.

Por momentos es apasionante, por momentos algo tedioso al desconocer a las personas de las que se menciona. Entretenido de leer sin dudas.
Dan G
Fascinating memoir of Lanzmann, the creator of the nine-and-a-half-hour epic film, Shoah. The translation from the French original is quite good. Interesting details on Lnzmann's youthful involvement in the anti-Nazi resistance, his close relationships with Sartre and de Bouvoir, as well as his later struggles to film and edit Shoah.
The beginning and the the last 100 pages are gold as they give the detail in the psychology and the actual turmoil that ensued with the filming of "The Shoah". It was also revealing to know who Claude Lanzman actually was and how as a child he survived and how he was the one to make this film actually come into being.
Some English reviews call him vain and arrogant, but nevertheless a good storyteller. I wasn't bothered by any arrogance or vanity, and the stories are indeed gripping and told with a good sense of timing. Going to have to watch "Shoah" again.
Saïdeh Pakravan

A magnificent memoir that soars over three quarters of last century by the author of the nine-hour film on the Holocaust, "Shoah." Lanzmann has met everyone, known everyone, been everywhere, done everything, and now over 85, is anything but blasé.
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Claude Lanzmann is a French filmmaker and professor at European Graduate School in Saas-Fee, Switzerland. He was the brother of writer Jacques Lanzmann.
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“C'était un professeur magnifique et je n'ai jamais oublié la moue dédaigneuse de ses lèvres lorsqu'il récusait d'une seule phrase une de nos interprétations. Il me guérit à jamais du comparatisme le jour où, ayant à commenter à voix haute devant lui et mes condisciples un passage de Rabelais, j'évoquai stupidement Bergson, que j'avais à peine lu. Le dédain de sa célèbre moue se fit carrément dégoût: 'Mon petit, Rabelais ne connaissait pas Bergson.” 1 likes
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