A hare of a different colour

The Patagonian Hare by Claude Lanzmann; translated by Frank Wynne. Atlantic Books, €18.90. Reviewed by Jonathan O'Brien.

11th March, 2012
A still from Shoah, Claude Lanzmann's nine-hour documentary about the Holocaust.

The Patagonian Hare by Claude Lanzmann; translated by Frank Wynne


The last time I encountered a book with such a brutal opening chapter was when I read A Small Victorious War, a gore-streaked account of the First Chechnyan War, roughly a decade ago. The Patagonian Hare, the autobiography of Claude Lanzmann, the Parisian film-maker and polemicist, begins with a thorough drenching of more blood and guts than is usually found in the memoirs of most...

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