The City of Belgrade recently conferred honorary citizenship on Peter Handke. Zarko Radakovic travelled from Cologne to Belgrade to translate for Handke. After the ceremonies they spent two days hiking in the nature preserve Fruska Gora. It was a beautiful time, Zarko reports.
During the ceremony, Handke spoke about Serbian writers:
Of the new Serbian writers, I have read, for example, Dragan Velikic. . . . I am especially fond of Zarko Radakovic, an extremely unusual writer. Everything he sees he immediately transforms into words. . . . Dragan Aleksic, who lives in Ohio and comes from Bela Crkva, is, for me, a great poet.
….. A photo from Belgrade, Handke in the foreground, Zarko in the blue shirt behind.
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/
THANK YOU, SCOTT!