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Celebrated European author Jorge Semprún dies

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Celebrated European author Jorge Semprún dies


Jorge Semprún, the renowned Spanish writer, politician and political activist has died at his home in Paris at the age of 87.

Semprún was born in Spain but raised in exile with his family in France during the Franco regime.

There, he became active in the Communist Party and the resistance movement but was arrested by Nazis and imprisoned at Buchenwald during World War II.

After the war, he became an acclaimed author, best known for his autobiographical novels ‘Le Grand Voyage’ and ‘Quel Beau Dimanche’.

With the death of Franco, he returned to Spain and eventually served as his country’s culture minister from 1988 to 1991.

He was twice Oscar-nominated, for his screenplays ‘La Guerre est Finie’ and ‘Z’, for which he won the Golden Statue prize.

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