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Thursday 22 December 2005

Jorge Semprun

Brendan Wolfe has set up his own blog The Beiderbecke Affair. Yesterday, he mentioned Jorge Semprun (echoing thoughts expressed earlier by Steve):


Semprun was a Rotspanier, the label applied to him as a Spanish political prisoner at Buchenwald. He had been arrested as a resistance fighter in occupied France and deported. Before the arrest, he had also been a student at the Sorbonne, reading philosophy. He says he went without meals to buy Heidegger’s Being & Time after being inspired by Levinas’ essays. A good deal of the book [Literature or Life] is informed by such thinkers. He is much taken with the lines in Wittgenstein’s Tractatus: ‘Death is not an event in life. Death cannot be lived.’ He is taken because, after Buchenwald, he felt that he had in fact lived through death.

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