Ida y vuelta. La vida de Jorge Semprún
New edition of the definitive biography of Jorge Semprún, a legendary character who crossed the Spanish and European twentieth century in the front line, revised and with a new foreword by Paul Preston.
The life of Jorge Semprún is practically the history of Europe in the twentieth century.
The life of Jorge Semprún is practically the history of Europe in the 20th century, and he is perhaps the Spaniard who comes closest to "the uprooted travelers of the century," as Tony Judt described intellectuals. Undoubtedly, along with Picasso and García Lorca, he is the Spaniard of the 20th century with the greatest projection and international relevance.
In this absorbing biography Soledad Fox follows Semprún's incredible trajectory, from his birth in 1923, into a family of the Madrid gentry; the trauma of the civil war and exile; his time in the Maquis and deportation to Buchenwald; his Communist militancy; his reinvention as a writer and screenwriter after his tumultuous departure from the PCE; and his time in the Spanish Ministry of Culture under the government of Felipe González.
Semprún is a writer and screenwriter.
Fox has invested five years and an impeccable research work in archives in France and Spain and more than fifty interviews to achieve the excellent biography that a character like Semprún deserves.
"Jorge Semprún fue uno de estos héores discretos gracias a los cuales el mundo en que vivimos no está peor de lo que está y queda siempre margen para la esperanza."
—Mario Vargas Llosa
"Un testigo excepcional del siglo XX"
—César Antonio Molina