The Last Books, Amsterdam, has just published a new edition of Peter Handke’s novel REPETITION. Ralph Manheim’s translation had gone out of print and Phil Baber negotiated the rights for this reprint. He designed the book, which has one of the most beautiful covers I have ever seen. Powder blue, with the title foil-printed in a bright yellow that nonetheless feels subdued—has ever a book cover been so understated, so exquisite? The text is set in Bradford, a beautifully spare typeface designed by Laurenz Brunner.
The book can be ordered HERE.
“. . . my whole being fell silent, and read.”
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 http://works.bepress.com/scott_abbott/
nice. so it arrived and you had good light so your photos show it with the colours not distorted unlike mine (always grey weather so used desklamp to help with light). the really nice thing is this simplicty, the cover like the sky over all the (geistige) wanderings and more one does not need (except hints towards who wrote it and the wonderful indication on the backside).
Your photos are beautiful. And I am going to get out Jean Paul for a good long and dense read.