Jaime Semprún has died

Claude Roy & Jaime Semprún
Claude Roy & Jaime Semprún

Jaime Semprún: (26th July, 1947-Aug 3rd 2010)

Submitted by Irish Rambler on August 11, 2010

Jaime Semprún was born in Spain and was the son of the writer Jorge Semprún and the actor Loleh Bellon, but lived most of his life in France. He was a radical essayist, a translator and a French publisher.

In the 70s and 80s he was a friend of Guy Debord, a founder of the Situationist International. In 1975 he wrote a book about the Portuguese revolution and in 1976 another book about recuperation illustrated with many examples. His book on the Nuclearisation of the World dealt with nuclear energy.

Alter 1984 he was one of the prime movers in the review Encyclopédie des Nuisances which became a publishing house in 1991. He translated George Orwell’s essays and letters into French in 4 volumes as well as publishing many other authors.

His Bibliography in French includes;
La Guerre Sociale au Portugal, Champ Libre, Paris, 1975.
Précis de récupération, illustré de nombreux exemples tirés de l'histoire récente, Champ Libre, 1976.
La Nucléarisation du monde, Éditions de l'Assommoir, 1980 ; Éditions Gérard Lebovici/Champ Libre, 1986 reedited after Chernóbil, Éditions Ivrea, 2008. ISBN 2-85184-172-6
Dialogues sur l'achèvement des temps modernes, Éditions de l'Encyclopédie des Nuisances, Paris, 1993, 143 p. ISBN 2-910386-00-7
L'abîme se repeuple, Éditions de l'Encyclopédie des Nuisances, Paris, 1997, 85 p. ISBN 2-910386-06-6
Encyclopédie des Nuisances, Remarques sur l'agriculture génétiquement modifiée et la dégradation des espèces, Éditions de l'Encyclopédie des Nuisances, Paris, 1999. ISBN 2-910386-09-0. (Some thoughts on Genetically modified agricultura and the decline of the species)
Apologie pour l'insurrection algérienne, Éditions de l'Encyclopédie des Nuisances, 2001. ISBN 2-910386-17-1
Défense et illustration de la novlangue française, Éditions de l'Encyclopédie des Nuisances, 2005. ISBN 2-910386-22-8
Catastrophisme, administration du désastre et soumission durable, Éditions de l'Encyclopédie des Nuisances, 2008, 136 p. (con René Riesel). ISBN 978-2-910386-28-3
Discours préliminaire de l'Encyclopédie des nuisances (novembre 1984), Éditions de l'Encyclopédie des Nuisances, 2009. ISBN 2-910386-30-6
Éditions Champ Libre, Correspondance, vol. 1, éditions Champ Libre, Paris, 1978. Some letters by Jaime Semprún.
Guy Debord, Correspondance, volumes 5 y 6, Fayard, Paris, 2005 y 2007. The letters from Guy Debord to Jaime Semprún in two volumes.

There is an interesting summary of his work by Loren Goldner from 2001 at