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Jorge Semprun dies at 87; writer chronicled his experiences in Buchenwald
Jorge Semprun dies at 87; writer chronicled his experiences in Buchenwald

Jorge Semprun, a writer and politician who chronicled his experiences in the Nazis' Buchenwald death camp, struggled against dictatorship in his native Spain and later became that country's culture minister, has died. He was 87. Semprun died Tuesday in Paris, where he had pent most of his life, the French capital's mayor, Bertrand Delanoe, said in a statement. A prolific author who specialized in the autobiographical novel, Semprun was widely considered one of the foremost chroniclers of the Holocaust. Equal parts memoir and essay, his "Literature or Life" (1994) elegantly describes his experience in Buchenwald, even as it ponders larger philosophical questions. ...

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