Meditation on a poetic meditation: To Duration by Peter Handke

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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
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2 Responses to Meditation on a poetic meditation: To Duration by Peter Handke

  1. Scott Abbott says:

    a thoughtful personal reflection on To Duration


  2. Scott Abbott says:

    A note from Handke translator Michael Roloff:

    I am reading, closely, several times Handke’s newest play, ICH & DIE UNSCHULDIGEN et. (I and the not so innocent innocents” and just used the following quote from it, that could also come from TO DURATION, and which indicates once more that our man Handke within not that many years of leaving his rural environs, which then nauseated him, did an about face:

    “Heute wird sich’s entscheiden, heute lass’ ich’s darauf ankommen. Straße
    der Beständigkeit: Wie ich auf dir, auf deiner Wölbung, doch immer wieder überrascht bin worden, von meiner Vergangenheit – von dem, was ich alles schon erlebt habe! – Ah,
    niemand. Was fur ein Spektakel. Wie sie schimmert, wie sie summt und surrt vor Abwesenheit, meine Landstraße.”


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