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Michael Henry Heim dies at 69; UCLA scholar, translator
Michael Henry Heim dies at 69; UCLA scholar, translator

Michael Henry Heim, a literary translator and humble philanthropist whose teaching, activism and widely admired translations of works by such writers as Günter Grass and Milan Kundera helped bring the voices of contemporary world literature into the mainstream of English-speaking cultures, has died. He was 69. Heim, a professor and former chairman of the department of Slavic languages and literature at UCLA, died of cancer Sept. 29 at his home in Westwood, said his wife, Priscilla. A polylinguist who translated from about a dozen languages, Heim was "one of the best known and finest translators of the past 50 years," said Ronald Vroon, chairman of UCLA's Department of...

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