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Ludvik Kundera Obituary

Ludvik Kundera (AP Photo)
PRAGUE (AP) - Czech public television and radio say Ludvik Kundera, a poet and translator of German literature, has died. He was 90.

Kundera, a cousin of Paris-based author Milan Kundera, died Tuesday in a hospital. Details were not given.

Born March 22, 1920 in Brno, Kundera was a co-founder of a surrealistic group Ra after World War II. His first book of poetry, Konstantina, was published in 1946.

Besides his literary work, Kundera became a respected translator of German-speaking authors, including Rainer Maria Rilke, Hans Arp and Bertolt Brecht. He was banned in communist Czechoslovakia in the 1970s and '80s.

Former President Vaclav Havel said he held Kundera "in high esteem." Kundera received important Czech and German literary awards.


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