Jorge Semprún was a prolific European novelist and scriptwriter who wrote in both French and Spanish. Autobiographical elements play a role in most of his fiction, in addition to which Semprún also published a biography of his personal friend Yves Montand, a play commissioned for the Kunstfest Weimar, and several essays and speeches.

Born in Madrid in 1923, he was the son of José María de Semprún y Gurrea and Susana Maura y Gamazo, the fourth of seven children. His mother was the daughter of Antonio Maura y Montaner, a statesman and several times Prime Minister during the monarchy, and the sister of Miguel Maura, Minister of the Interior for the Second Republic. His father, a liberal Catholic lawyer, also sympathised with …

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Omlor, Daniela. "Jorge Semprún". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 14 June 2012
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