By Gina Herrmann Ofelia Ferran
Featuring the 1st English-language number of essays on Jorge Semprun, this quantity explores the existence and paintings of the Spanish Holocaust survivor, writer, and political activist. Essays discover his cultural creation in all its manifestations, together with the position of testimony and fiction in representations of the Holocaust.
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Dir. Alexandre Arcady. A French police inspector investigates the killing of his friend and second-hand goods dealer Joseph Katz, allegedly a Holocaust survivor. 2008. Ah, c’ était ça la vie. Screenplay with Franck Appréderis. Dir. Franck Appréderis. Two-part TV film, based on Semprún’s life. The story of Eduardo, a young Catalan communist exile in 1950s Paris, as he prepares a clandestine mission to Spain. 2011. Le temps du silence. Screenplay with Franck Appréderis. Dir. Franck Appréderis. TV film loosely based on L’ écriture ou la vie.
He takes bold positions on several fronts. 15 He has also claimed that the process of putting the experience into words is interminable, for each time he returns to his memories of the camp new recollections arise and new aspects of old memories emerge. Furthermore, Semprún looks at the Holocaust within the frame of “all great historical experiences,” claiming that the difficulties in retelling this experience are akin to the ability to communicate the experience of catastrophes in other times or places.
Gina Herrmann’s Written in Red: Communist Memoir in Spain (2010) takes up the question of what remains of Semprún’s communist ideals in the wake of his bitter anti-Stalinism. 24 / ofelia ferrán and gina herrmann Semilla Duran’s aforementioned monograph belongs to a line of research exploring the tenets of autobiography including studies by Guy Mercadier (1980), Noël Valis (1986), Liliana Soto Fernández (1996), Alicia Molero de la Iglesia (2000), Angel Loureiro (2000), and Pepa Novell (2009). Within Peninsular studies, a number of scholars have analyzed Semprún alongside other Spanish authors exiled after the Spanish Civil War: Michael Ugarte (1989), Neus Berbis (2004), José Rodríguez Richart (2009), Gina Herrmann (2010), Maureen Tobin Stanley (2011), and Maryse Bertrand de Muñoz (2011).
A Critical Companion to Jorge Semprún: Buchenwald, Before and After by Gina Herrmann Ofelia Ferran