His Jewish family went into hiding during World War II. He joined the French resistance at the age of 16 and fought in Auvergne. Jacques Lanzmann had various occupations through his life. At the age of twelve he was a farm worker, from 1948 to 1955 he was an artist, and during the years 1952 and 1953 was also a miner in Chile. He then entered the literary world in 1954 with La glace est rompue (The ice is broken).
Since that year, his literary career has been marked by his activity as a literary critic for the French magazine Lettres françaises, by the creation of the publishing company Les Editions Spéciales, in collaboration with JC Lattès and by the creation and the editorial management of the publishing company Jacques Lanzmann et Seghers Editeurs. He was a journalist for the French magazine L'Express from 1960 to 1962, and participated in the creation of the men's magazine Lui.
Jacques Lanzmann was also a film producer and scriptwriter, notably for the films of Philippe Labro. He is the author of more than 150 songs, including several for French singer Jacques Dutronc and some for French female singer Régine. Fond of travelling, he was a chronicler on the television channel "Voyage" from 1997 to his death.
He was married four times and had seven children.
His funeral was held on 26 June in at the cemetery Père-Lachaise.
- La Glace est rompue
- Le Rat d'Amérique (1956)
- Cuir de Russie (1957)
- Les Passagers du Sidi-Brahim (1958)
- Un tyran sur le sable (1959)
- Viva Castro (1959)
- Qui vive! (1965)
- Le Têtard (1976)
- Les Transsibériennes (1978)
- Rue des Mamours (1981)
- Une vie de famille (Plon, January 2006)
- This article incorporates information from the revision as of 2006-06-24 of the equivalent article on the French Wikipedia.
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