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

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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1 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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