The Long Voyage

The Long Voyage The Long Voyage is Jorge Sempr n s devastatingly honest and heartbreaking account of a young Spaniard captured fighting with the French Resistance and the days and nights he spends in the company of

  • Title: The Long Voyage
  • Author: Jorge Semprún Richard Seaver
  • ISBN: 9781585676392
  • Page: 483
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Long Voyage is Jorge Sempr n s devastatingly honest and heartbreaking account of a young Spaniard captured fighting with the French Resistance, and the days and nights he spends in the company of 119 other men, in a cattle truck that rolls slowly but inexorably towards Buchenwald During the seemingly endless journey, he has conversations that range from his childhoodThe Long Voyage is Jorge Sempr n s devastatingly honest and heartbreaking account of a young Spaniard captured fighting with the French Resistance, and the days and nights he spends in the company of 119 other men, in a cattle truck that rolls slowly but inexorably towards Buchenwald During the seemingly endless journey, he has conversations that range from his childhood to speculations about the death camps 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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    1. Jorge Semprún Richard Seaver

      Jorge Sempr n Madrid, 1923 Par s, 2011 fue testigo de algunos de los peores cataclismos pol ticos del siglo xx y particip activamente en la lucha contra los totalitarismos Hijo de una familia de la alta burgues a, el estallido de la guerra civil le condujo al exilio en Francia Miembro activo de la Resistencia francesa contra la ocupaci n nazi, es detenido y enviado a Buchenwald, donde permanece prisionero hasta abril de 1945 Tras la liberaci n, convertido ya en militante comunista, ser durante los a os cincuenta una pieza fundamental de la lucha clandestina contra la dictadura franquista Sin embargo, tras advertir los m todos dictatoriales que empleaba el propio Partido Comunista, y enfrentado a Carrillo, acab expulsado del partido, junto con Fernando Claud n Jorge Sempr n inici en los a os sesenta una carrera literaria en la que explora las tragedias y los horrores de la historia reciente con t tulos tan imprescindibles como La escritura o la vida, Aquel domingo o El largo viaje.Jorge Sempr n Maura was a Spanish writer and politician who lived in France most of his life and wrote primarily in French From 1953 to 1962, during the era of Francisco Franco, Sempr n lived clandestinely in Spain working as an organizer for the exiled Communist Party of Spain, but was expelled from the party in 1964 After the death of Franco and change to a democratic government, he served as Culture Minister of Spain from 1988 to 1991 He was a screenwriter for two successive films by the Greek director Costa Gavras, Z 1969 and The Confession 1970 , which dealt with the theme of persecution by governments For his work on Z, Semprun was nominated for an Oscar In 1996, he became the first non French author elected to the Acad mie Goncourt, which awards an annual literary prize.

    326 thoughts on “The Long Voyage”

    1. A pattern formeth. Word association everyone: I say ‘war’. Vonegutt says train So does Enardw Semprun. ?Is it a bird?Is it a plane?No, its a literary device.What happens when an immovable object meets an unstoppable force? A train, of course.How to condense something as big as the Big Bang into a nutshell? If it were Shakespeare, we have:youtube/watch?v=sPbhhpIf it were a war, then start real little: the flutter of an eyelid, the ricochet of a sigh, the gossamer feel of touch, the timbre of [...]


    2. Whenever something terrible happens – the Paris attacks, a school shooting, or whatever – people invariably express their shock and surprise, and I always feel slightly bewildered by this kind of reaction, because, although I could not possibly have foreseen these specific events, I am nevertheless profoundly not shocked nor surprised [although I am, of course, deeply saddened by them]. Human history, and my own experiences to a lesser extent, has taught me that we are capable of, that we ac [...]


    3. I confess I had never heard of Jorge Semprun, a prominent Spanish writer, politician and former government minister, until I picked up The Long Voyage (Le grand voyage), an autobiographical novel based upon his experiences in the Second World War. The voyage itself, a train journey, is the framework around which this astonishing narrative is constructed, as the author moves back through memory to times past and times future, always returning to a times present, a cattle truck packed full of men, [...]


    4. 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 achieves the act, the consummation. Suggestions wilt, cower and abandon. He perseveres.We do not know. Semprun relates, he apprehends, he fashions the verse from ash and yields a chuckle as gratuity.


    5. I'll not be giving this book a star-rating, because it's impossible to rate. On the one hand, the writing is very meandering and confusing, which makes the book very hard to read. On the other hand, it's a first-hand account of a concentration-camp survivor, which makes this book important.It is the first such book that I have read, so I do not know if I would recommend it - there may be other such books that are easier to read. But I will say that I recommend reading some first-hand account. It [...]


    6. I've just reread this book in the original version (French), and at the second read it was even more impressive. I had read ''Il lungo viaggio'' in Italian maybe 20 years ago. In the meantime I pursued my interest for Resistance and Holocaust literature. Still, ''Le grand voyage'' remains one of the best books I've read, also because of the writing style. I'm looking forward to Quel beau dimanche !.Of course it is a difficult read, of course at times it rips your heart out. But one couldn't expe [...]


    7. 5 nights travel in a prisoners packed train heading to a concentration camp. The author jumps back and forth in memory and opens other windows over WW2 which make the reading dynamic and vivid. Touching, impressive and frightening descriptions of the dis-humanity and indifference which can be reached by people. "Le soir, je demande, vous vous teniez dans cette piece?- oui, dit-Elle, on se tiens dans cette piece- vous habitez ici depuis long temps?-oui, depuis tres long temps-le soir, je lui dema [...]


    8. I bought this book at the bookstore at Buchenwald. We took a bus from Weimar. There is a village near to the camp and I looked at these houses and could not imagine living in a town called Buchenwald. It was very upsetting is so hard to understand the human condition. There is a section when the prisoners go into the village after the Germans had retreatedry tense. The Long Voyage translated by Richard Seaver (he was the publisher of Arcade and a translator) is great book. Semprun was a prisoner [...]


    9. Fictionalized account of the five days he spent in a boxcar on the way to Buchenwald during WWII. Fascinating, well-rendered account of cruelty and desperation.


    10. - Che roba è, la felicità, Sigrid? - e mi chiedo, facendo questa domanda, se sarei capace di dire che cos’è la felicità, veramente.Lei aspira il fumo della sigaretta e riflette.- È quando ci si rende conto di esistere, veramente, - dice.Bevo un sorso d’alcool e la guardo.- È quando la certezza di esistere diventa talmente acuta che si ha voglia di gridare, - dice.- Forse, - dico, - di dolore.(p. 136)


    11. The whole story itself is a long-long voyage, full of pain, despair, and devastating memories. To tell the truth, i`ve never really liked such kind of narrative mode. It`s always hard for me to read M. Prust, J. Joyce, and other prolific writers who represent this literary device.But it`s absolutely different here. Somehow, it fits the novel and moves the plot forward. It made me want to read this and put all tiny puzzles together. This unordered structure, fleeting gleams of horror, scattered t [...]


    12. The Long Voyage , by Jorge Semprun can be read as an autobiographical narrative,of primarily psychological interest, but with historical, philosophical dimensions that make it particularly interesting text.In traumatic episode and dark setting Manuel a Hispanic – French goes sixteen years back, and tells of a five days train ride to a German concentration camp . At the time he was twenty years old and captured as a member of the French resistance organization. Although he is jammed into the ca [...]


    13. ‘How could human beings be so cruel and evil towards other human beings?’ is the question that rises and accompanies the reader throughout the hero’s entire journey in hell. The unbearable atrocities which he witnesses are extremely traumatic. There was so much pain in this book that I have shed tears and pondered whether to proceed with reading it or not. Second World War literature is never an easy read but this particular account of Jorge Semprun was extremely devastating an experience. [...]


    14. Wie das Unbeschreibbare beschreiben? Semprún versucht es mit der Erinnerung an die auf das Minimum reduzierte Bewegung der Deportation ins KZ Buchenwald. Immer wieder springt er zurück in die sich voranwälzende Erinnerung an diese fünf Nächte und so wie sich diese zuspitzen und er sich dem Tod seines Nächsten, mit ihm eingepfercht im Viehwaggon, nähert, so nähert er sich in den weiter vor- und zurückgreifenden Erinnerungen, den Katastrophen, den Gewissheiten um den Tod von Freunden und [...]


    15. Jorge Semprún's anti-fascist fictionalised memoir has been sitting patiently on my shelves waiting to be read for around twenty years. The author found himself defined as a "Spanish Red" when as a boy he was forced to flee Franco's Spain. He was 19 years old when captured - fighting with the Maquis - by the Gestapo and sent on a hellish journey to Buchenwald (the original French title was The Long Voyage). Semprún insists that he was not fighting for France - but for a greater human liberation [...]


    16. I have no idea what to rate this as, so 3 stars is a happy-ish middle ground.As I was reading this, I initially had to force myself to continue. The structure of the narrative confused me, and I had no idea where it was going, but as I decided that I was going to write an essay about this book, I kept going, then started over after 50 pages and read it in one sitting, albeit not in great detail, but rather almost skimming through it to find relevant passages. Now that I had a purpose, I could re [...]


    17. 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 whisp [...]


    18. About a young man from Spain, caught up in the French Resistance and the Jewish Holocaust of World War II.This book mainly consisted of dialogue and the narrator's personal thoughts about a variety of subjects.The story all takes place with him and his companions in a train car on the way to Buchenwald. As the journey takes place, the story frequently leaves the present and takes us back to various memories and recollections leading up to this voyage.I didn't like the way in which the author wro [...]


    19. Me ha parecido el libro más interesante de Semprún de los tres que he leido. Se trata de un relato autobiográfico. La trama central narra el viaje de varios días en tren desde Francia hasta el campo de concentración de Buchenwald. Alrededor de esta narración, como es característico de las novelas de Semprún, va intercalando recuerdos que le van sugiriendo la narración central. Altamente recomendable.


    20. Ce livre est tout simplement magnifique. Subtile, tragique, réel. Il parle d'une face de la guerre dont on parle peu, en tous cas peu sur ce ton. Aussi tragique soit-il, il ne manque pas de dérision, d'humour.



    21. Relato de un español deportado a un campo de concentración nazi. Este es un libro que todo español debería leer para comprender las heridas de nuestra sociedad, que aún siguen sangrando.




    22. Fascinating and enjoyable - a non-linear narrative which nevertheless manages to be perfectly coherent and comprehensible.


    23. In my opinion it's a very depressing book.Szinte depressziós lettem ettől a könyvtől. Nagyon nyomasztó volt, de nem bánom, hogy elolvastam.


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