The Moravian Night / Moravska Noc

The Moravian Night / Moravska Noc

Zarko Radakovic’s translation of Peter Handke’s Die moravische Nacht.

Dear Scott,
We flow again and again into Peter’s Moravia,
and again and again we flow out of it,
and no one knows
in what direction this powerful meandering watermass moves.
The two of us, my dearest friend,
will always be there . . .
your, Zarko
Cologne 29/4/2013

About Scott Abbott

Ph.D. in German Literature from Princeton University, 1979. Then I taught at Vanderbilt University, BYU, and Utah Valley State College. At Utah Valley University, I'm Director of the Program in Integrated Studies and former Chair of the Department of Humanities and Philosophy. My publications include a book on Freemasonry and the German Novel, two co-authored books with Zarko Radakovic (published in Serbo-Croatian in Belgrade), and translations of a book by Austrian author Peter Handke and of a catalogue of an exhibit called "The German Army and Genocide." More famously, my children are in the process of creating good lives for themselves: as a model and manager, as a teacher of Chinese language, as a watershed scientist and science writer, as a jazz musician, as a corrections officer, as university students, and as parents. I share my life with UVU historian Lyn Bennett and our yellow dog Blue. Some publications at
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3 Responses to The Moravian Night / Moravska Noc

  1. Mike Roloff says:

    Difficulty with the name MORAVA for a river in that part of the world is that there are two Moravas
    One further to the Northwest
    whose lower part forms the border between the Czech Republic and Slovakia and then between Austria and Slovakia.
    than the one Handke and your friend Zarko and you have in mind
    The Velika (“Great”) Morava begins at the confluence of the South Morava and the West Morava, located near the small town of Stalać, a major railway junction in central Serbia. From there to its confluence with the Danube northeast of the city of Smederevo, the Velika Morava is 185 km long. With its longer branch, the West Morava, it is 493 km long. The South Morava, which represents the natural headwaters of the Morava, used to be longer than the West Morava, but due to the regulations of river bed and melioration, it is shorter nowadays.


  2. Mike Roloff says:

    This is a good place to note that Scott and I and whosoever wishes will be able to discuss THE MORAVIAN NIGHT in English and German and any language that either of us have purchase of at its publication in Spring 2014 @
    There is some material on this site, German and French reviews, a couple off things in English. It will be the crown of several discussions that Scott and I have conducted, on Handke’s DER GROSSE FALL and hiis IMMER NOCH STURM, which now exists in English as STORM STILL, U of Chicago Press.


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