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Jorge Semprún

AKA Jorge Semprún Maura

Born: 10-Dec-1923
Birthplace: Madrid, Spain
Died: 7-Jun-2011
Location of death: Paris, France
Cause of death: unspecified

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Novelist, Screenwriter, Activist

Nationality: Spain
Executive summary: Screenplay for Z

Spanish writer and activist Jorge Semprún was born in Spain but raised in exile in France during the reign of Francisco Franco. Active in the Communist Party and the resistance movement, he 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, and an outspoken advocate of freedom and peace. He was twice Oscar-nominated, for his screenplays for La Guerre est Finie (The War Is Over) and Z. He was Spanish Minister of Culture from 1988 to 1991.

Father: José María Semprún Gurrea (politician , b. 1893, d. 1966)
Mother: Susana Maura Gamazo
Wife: (#1, briefly, div.)
Wife: Loleh Bellon (actress/playwright, m. 1949, div., d. 22-May-1999, one son)
Son: Jaime Semprun (essayist/publisher, b. 1947, d. 2010)
Wife: Colette Leloup (m. 1963, d. 2007, two daughters, three sons)
Daughter: Dominique
Son: Juan
Daughter: Lourdes
Son: Pablo
Son: Ricardo

    High School: Lycée Henri-IV
    University: Sorbonne

    Académie Goncourt 1996
    Friedenspreis des Deutschen Buchhandels 1994
    Jerusalem Prize 1977
    Edgar Allan Poe Award 1970
    Spanish Minister Culture (1988-91)
    Nazi Concentration Camp Inmate Buchenwald (1943-45)

Author of books:
Le Grand Voyage (The Long Voyage) (1963)
The Second Death of Ramőn Mercader (1969)
Stavisky (1975)
Autobiografĩa de Federico Sănchez (Autobiography of Federico Sănchez) (1977, novel)
Quel beau Dimanche (What A Beautiful Sunday) (1980)
Literature or Life (1994)
Veinte Anos Y Un Dia (Twenty Years and a Day) (2003)


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