Translator Jindřich Pokorný dies at 87

The Czech translator, essayist and literary historian Jindřich Pokorný has died at the age of 87. His death was reported by Revolver Revue, a journal which he had been associated for many years. Pokorný translated works by authors such as Voltaire, Victor Hugo and Rainer Maria Rilke, as well as the drama Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand. A one-time Czechoslovak Radio employee, he was involved in dissident activities and the production of samizdat literature under communism.