Peter Handke and Zarko Radakovic in Düsseldorf

Peter Handke and Zarko Radakovic in Düsseldorf

On Sunday, hosted by Norbert Wehr (editor of the literary journal Schreibheft), Peter Handke and Sophie Semin read new poems by the Greek poet Dimitri T. Analis. Semin read the French originals (Analis wrote these in French shortly before his death) and Handke read his translations into German in memory of his friend.

The author of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung piece on the event writes repeatedly of the good humor that marked the event despite the 2006 debacle in which Düsseldorf politicians angry about Handke’s pro-Serbian texts protested the Heinrich Heine Prize that had been awarded to Handke. He writes of Zarko: “The rich set of anecdotes by Radakovic about the friendship between himself and Handke loosened the atmosphere beautifully.”

vladislav petkovic disHe also notes that the poem by Vladislav Petkovic Dis (photo to the left) read in Serbian by Zarko and in German by Handke was an act of chutzpa, of honor.

Here, a shaky youtube recording of the last reading:

p.s. Michael Roloff found this response to the Düsseldorf event—a thoughtful piece focused on translation.

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 http://works.bepress.com/scott_abbott/
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One Response to Peter Handke and Zarko Radakovic in Düsseldorf

  1. Pingback: Zarko R., Peter H., and Vladislav Dis in Schreibheft | THE GOALIE'S ANXIETY

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