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Text: English, French (translation) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Jorge Semprun, novelist and playwright, was Spain?s Minister of Culture from 1988?1991. He lives in Paris.
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Product Details

  • Series: Tusk Ivories
  • Paperback: 236 pages
  • Publisher: The Overlook Press; Reprint edition (March 29, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 158567639X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1585676392
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #657,217 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jorge Semprun was born in Spain but has lived most of his life in France. At a young age he joined the communist party and while active at the French resistance was captured by the Nazis. "The Long Voyage" is an autobiographical narrative, concentrating on the author's experience while being transported in a train to Buchenwald. Contrary to most Holocaust literature, this book is not a compilation of horrors and atrocities, but a stream-of consciousness description of a journey to the unknown, when time has ceased to exist, when "past," "present," and "future" all have lost meaning. This is what makes Semprun's narrative so interesting. It is not the logical sequence of events that dictates the narrative, but the mind's attempt to understand and, at the same time, escape reality.
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This is a wonderful and moving novel about a French Resistance fighter of Spanish origin who is captured by the Nazis and sent to Buchenwald. It is brilliantly written, and I would recommend it to anyone intested in good writing, the Holocaust or the human spirit.
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If members of your family have seen terrible things during any war, Vietnam or Iraq, you know that they do not talk about it. Not for ten or twenty years. It happened to Semprun after WWII: he did not talk about the camps until 1963, and even then, in this beautiful novel full or restraint, he does not talk about Buchenwald: he just describes the long voyage to the camp. It is horrible enough. Semprun is above all a great writer, with strong images and a good sense of composition. This book is about learning "to stay inside yourself",as he says, true to yourself. Semprun is not translated enough. He had an interesting career, as a young communist aristocrat, a resistant,a Minister of the Spanish government, but what is left for us is an incomparable writer.
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Jorge Semprun has lived the novel he writes. He was in the French Resistance, captured, and deported to Buchenwald, where he spent two years. He was 21 years old when he was liberated. Yet, Semprun choses to write this, his first novel, as fiction. He uses as the structure of the book, his five-day train ride to the concentration camp in the winter of 1943. Within this basic frame, Semprun reflects on the decisions that led him to being in that cattle car with 99 other men, the nature of freedom and captivity, and his life back on the outside post-liberation. The unique method of organization, with flashbacks and forwards, provides depth to the story and mimics the way our minds travel, when our bodies can not.
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