Literature or Life by Jorge Semprun

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Jorge Semprun, one of Europe's most eminent voices, was twenty years old when arrested for activities in the French Resistance. He was sent to Buchenwald concentration camp. Literature or Life is a deeply personal account not only of Jorge Semprun's time at Buchenwald, but also of the years before and after, of his painful attempts to write this book...created out of obsessions that returned to him again and again like themes in a nightmarish rhapsody.

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Jorge Semprun, novelist and playwright, was Spain?s Minister of Culture from 1988?1991. He lives in Paris.
Published March 1, 1997 by Viking Adult. 320 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Education & Reference, War, Literature & Fiction, Travel. Non-fiction

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In the concluding pages, in which Semprun learns from the suicide of fellow Holocaust victim Primo Levi that he too is mortal and must finish his work, and his discovery, during a return visit to Buchenwald in 1992, of the clerical error that undoubtedly saved his life, triumphantly justify his "...

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Thirty years after The Long Voyage, his haunting autobiographical novel about his deportation to Buchenwald at the age of 20, Semprun has written another autobiographical work.

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