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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Metropolitan Books; First Edition edition (Sept. 13 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805092617
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805092615
  • Product Dimensions: 14.7 x 2.4 x 21.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 386 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,397,881 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Travelling in Sri Lanka in 2004, Carrère becomes close to a couple whose daughter dies in the tsunami. Upon his return to Paris, he learns that his girlfriend’s sister Juliette is dying of cancer. In this moving memoir, Carrère writes as ‘a witness to those two misfortunes,’ constructing an intimate history of each family before and after its loss. His prose is precise and measured, especially in the account of Juliette and her husband, and their ‘always new, always deeply moving’ love. Through interviews with friends and relatives of both families, Carrère creates powerful portraits that celebrate ordinary lives.”
The New Yorker
 
“Gratifying and surprising... It is a book about the texture and resonance of loss, about how we live with and through immeasurable grief. It took me inside the nuances and crevices of experiences and ideas I had never given thought to before: French bankruptcy law, living without a limb, believing a loved one to be dead and gone and then being reunited. Carrère covers a lot of ground with cool honesty and careful humanity. I identified, completely.”
—Sally Singer, The New York Times

“In Lives Other Than My Own, Emmanuel Carrère demonstrates that empathy can be the antidote to alienation, if we try for it.  With the finely measured assurance of Chekhov, he achieves something altogether unexpected in modern literature: beatitude.”
—Gary Indiana, author of The Shanghai Gesture and Three Month Fever

“Yet again, Carrère has written a masterpiece. With his singular blend of reportage, detective fiction, and autobiography, he has produced an achingly beautiful, wholly unforgettable portrait of lives racked by tragedy and redeemed by love.”
—Caroline Weber, author of Queen of Fashion

“A powerful story of happiness wrenched from despair. Once the tempest has passed, words remain, and what words they are!”
Le Nouvel Observateur

About the Author

Emmanuel Carrère, novelist, filmmaker, journalist, and biographer, is the award-winning internationally renowned author of The Adversary (a New York Times Notable Book), Lives Other Than My Own, My Life As A Russian Novel, Class Trip and The Mustache. Carrère lives in Paris.


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This is a very moving book. While the story it tells is essentially tragic, the conclusion is hopeful. The book is attribute to those who have lost deeply loved family members, but who have withstood and prevailed over their losses. To life!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
powerful book Jan. 22 2012
By Scarlett - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Lives other then my own is often coming back to me since I read it. It is a condensed mix of the most powerful human emotions that occurs in the 2 most unfair events of lives: the death of a child and the death of a young mother. The book describing 2 true stories,it is as close as the human soul as you can get, and depicts the dignity of some of us in the face of the unspeakable.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Stunning and heart wrenching, but a tad self centered May 28 2012
By D. Burke - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
The losses described in beautifully-written book took my breath away and brought to life something I have never come close to experiencing in reality. At times, the author slipped into naval gazing, but ultimately, I was profoundly moved and enjoyed the artful yet accessible writing very much.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Heart rending March 9 2012
By s mp carosso - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is a book I will recommend over the years to come. In my view, it demonstrates brilliantly the superiority of non fiction over fiction. The stories as told, are so universal, yet so personal, so enthralling and yet it is intelligent and informative narration. It does teach you about the French legal system but goes so much further. I was in tears, shaken to the core when I read it and I would gladly buy it as a present to all the people I care for. It has not been ignored by the way: it was lauded with praise in France in 2009 when it came out and I have yet to meet someone who did not rave about it. You have to take my word for it: I do not know the author personally, I don't work in publishing ( in 2010 I did contact POL to ask them when it would be translated to English and I was amazed to find out that they had no idea) and have no vested interest in this other than benefiting from the fact that such work is published and that, we, human beings, are better off for it.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A Magnificent Book Jan. 1 2012
By Janet Sternburg aka JMS - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I am amazed that this book has attracted so little attention. Please -- read it. It is profound, human and humane, multi-layered and woven. For example, at one point considerable attention is paid to the French 'small court' justice system; this reader was briefly disquieted by something that seems at first like a swerve. Then one thinks well, of course, it's a piece of the story of the writer's family and friends. But like a depth charge, these stories reveal themselves to be in the service of how people treat one another, how one takes on the fates of others, not in a saintly way but as flawed and faceted people -- all of us expanding outward and inward to encompass more than ourselves. Thank you, Emmanuel Carrere. This book has made -- is making -- will make -- a difference in my life.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
The Beauty of Human Sharing Dec 20 2012
By L. E. Dulany - Published on Amazon.com
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This author takes the reader on his personal journey from a rather vapid aimless restless existence toward one in which he finds deep meaning in the simple gifts of sharing time with loved ones. It is impossible to convey the depth of feeling and existential discoveries he makes over the course of the memoir -- but the reader makes these discoveries right along with him. A profoundly moving and beautiful read. I was actually so deeply happy and satiated at the end that I could not cry.


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