Vampires & A Reasonable Dictionary

Zarko’s and my book Vampires & A Reasonable Dictionary has been published. It’s available at punctum books. For more about the books and the authors, including photos from the trips the books chronicle, click HERE.

The cover:

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The new book is the companion volume to our Repetitions, published last year.


I like to think of the two books together under the rubric “DoubleVision”:

two books about travel in the former Yugoslavia (and the American West),

two books separated by a civil war,

two books written in two voices (or, given the passage of years between them, in two early voices and two late voices),

two books that circle and recircle the works and person of Peter Handke.


Here’s what the books looked like in their original Serbian versions:


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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2 Responses to Vampires & A Reasonable Dictionary

  1. flowerville says:

    nice vampire colours. i love the last lines, two sets of eyes and so on, it reminds me of the recent poodle cloud doctrine, there it is again, double vision.


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