Gellu Naum

Romanian poet, playwright and translator Gellu Naum, died from a heart attack in Bucharest Sept. 29 . He was 86.

Naum studied philosophy in Bucharest and Paris and published his first poetry book, “The Incendiary Traveler,” in 1936.

During his career, which lasted for more than half a century, he published 20 books of poetry, numerous plays and a Surrealist novel, “Zenobia (1985)” in addition to translating works by Beckett, Rene Char, Jacques Prevert and Kafka into Romanian.

Naum was recognized as a prominent Surrealist, and his works were translated into English, German and French among other languages.

He received numerous international and national awards for his work, including the 1999 European Prize for Poetry.

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