Belgrade bookstore display featuring Zarko’s translation

Belgrade bookstore display featuring Zarko's translation

Moravska Noc / The Moravian Night



About Scott Abbott

I received my Ph.D. in German Literature from Princeton University in 1979. Then I taught at Vanderbilt University, BYU, and Utah Valley State College. At Utah Valley University, I directed the Program in Integrated Studies for its initial 13 years and was also Chair of the Department of Humanities and Philosophy for three years. My publications include a book on Freemasonry and the German Novel, two co-authored books with Zarko Radakovic (REPETITIONS and VAMPIRES & A REASONABLE DICTIONARY, published in Serbo-Croatian in Belgrade and in English with Punctum Books), a book with Sam Rushforth (WILD RIDES AND WILDFLOWERS, Torrey House Press), a "fraternal meditation" called IMMORTAL FOR QUITE SOME TIME (University of Utah Press), and translations of three books by Austrian author Peter Handke, of an exhibition catalogue called "The German Army and Genocide," and, with Dan Fairbanks, of Gregor Mendel's important paper on hybridity in peas. More famously, my children are in the process of creating good lives for themselves: as a model and dance/yoga studio manager, as a teacher of Chinese language, as an ecologist and science writer, as a jazz musician, as a parole officer, as a contractor, as a seasonal worker (Alaska and Park City, Utah), and as parents. I share my life with UVU historian Lyn Bennett, with whom I have written a cultural history of barbed wire -- THE PERFECT FENCE (Texas A&M University Press). Some publications at
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4 Responses to Belgrade bookstore display featuring Zarko’s translation

  1. mikerol says:

    Interesting photo with the reflection of you and Zarko on the window superimposed on this photo of Handke in an odd passive pose – nearly as good as the photo that Malte Herwig took of Handke and his director friend Luc Bondy at a Parisian bar with Malte appearing in the mirror at their back.


  2. Scott Abbott says:

    that is, potentially, a low blow.
    You have a memory like an evil elephant.
    The difference between the two photos — Herwig’s photo is of himself with the real Peter Handke, our photo is with a fake, pseudo Peter Handke — may be important here.
    But I will leave that for you to decide.


  3. mikerol says:

    If you did a psychoanalysis and had the good fortune in your misfortune to have a complete regression you mind, your brain actually, you can feel it burning, would shed a lot of barnacles and be hugely refreshed. and even though that event is now 35 years in the past and i completed my analysis then in l.a. in as much as one ever can, some of the practices that you learn there keep your mind halfway sharp even as the body starts to become infirm. however, i don’t feel anything as sharp as i did say i the late 80s in the st. monica mts. both photos manifest interesting conjunctions is really all i wanted to say.


    • Scott Abbott says:

      i figured you were having some sly fun at my expense, which I don’t mind at all.
      My reply was meant to continue the fun, but turned out to be a little awkward.
      It is a very odd display, especially with the t shirt during an extremely cold spring.


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