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Soledad Fox Maura – Exile, Writer, Soldier, Spy: Jorge Semprún

Thursday, September 20th, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

A refugee in Paris after fleeing the Spanish Civil War, Jorge Semprún (1923-2011) would eventually join the French Resistance, be arrested by the Gestapo and deported to Buchenwald. After liberation, he worked as a clandestine Communist operative between Spain and France. Kicked out of the party in 1964, he wrote novels, memoirs, plays, and scripts for Joseph Losey, Costa-Gavras, and Alain Resnais, beginning with his own story, La Guerre est Finie. Semprún’s movie star looks and heroism made him a 20th century legend.

Soledad Fox Maura is a writer and Professor of Spanish and Comparative Literature at Williams College. She has a BA from Sarah Lawrence College and a PhD in Comparative Literature from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. She is the author of three books. Her work focuses on biography, and on the the intersections between literature, memoir, and history in the contexts of the Spanish Civil War, World War II, and the Cold War.

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