He is the author of twlve books, including fiction, essays, and poems. He is also the Czech translator of novels, short stories, and plays from such writers as François Rabelais, Alfred Jarry, Raymond Queneau, Samuel Beckett, and Boris Vian. He has received a number of literary awards for his writing, including the Czech Literary Fund Award.Gerald Turner has been translating modern Czech and Slovak writing for over thirty years. Prior to 1990 he translated, under the pseudonym of A. G. Brain, many banned authors, including Václav Havel, Karel Pecka, and Ludvík Vaculík. His translations include Europeana by Patrik Ouredník, for which he received the US PEN Translation Award in 2004.
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