The Long Voyage

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Harry N. Abrams, Mar 29, 2005 - Biography & Autobiography - 236 pages
Gasping for breath in a cattle truck occupied by 119 other men, a young Spaniard captured fighting with the French Resistance counts off the days and nights as the train rolls slowly but inexorably toward Buchenwald. On the five seemingly endless days of the journey, he has conversations that send him into daydreams about his childhood or set him fighting Resistance battles over again. He describes the temporary holding prison where the names of distant concentration camps are spoken of in whispers - their individual horrors discussed, rated, contemplated. In chilling detail, the trip with those 119 men - some fearful, some defiant - is evoked, along with his own confusion, anger, and bitter resignation. When at last the fantastic, Wagnerian gates to Buchenwald come into sight, the young Spaniard is left alone to face the camp.

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User Review  - jonfaith - LibraryThing

We were not there. One has to bypass Adorno. Acknowledging that, a sensual inventory of the Shoah becomes an imperative. Fatelessness is an example of such, as is this. It is a challenge. Semprun ... Read full review

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User Review  - claude_lambert - LibraryThing

Semprun is the best French novelist of the second half of the 20th century (it has been a terrible time for French literature, no surprise that the light came from Spain). The book is about the travel ... Read full review

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About the author (2005)

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

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