A new collection of notes and drawings from Peter Handke. The title translates as In Front of the Tree-shadow-wall at Night. Notebooks from 2007-2015.


Ungeduld als Frevel, Frevel des schlechten Umgangs mit den Dingen

Impatience as sacrilege, sacrilege of interacting poorly with things


Triglav / Slovenia (once the highest mountain of Yugoslavia)

. . . and from Zarko’s and my book Repetitions:

Later that night we stood on the gravel shore of an enormously still mountain lake. The silky water mirrored the bright half-moon and the surrounding mountains. Standing there in silence, Yugoslavia’s highest mountain towering three-headed (Triglav) over us in the moonlit night, Zarko and I began to talk about standing and being.


Leocadie in the train, Dresden (5/2/2012) — My child in another train, sleeping, Germany


And my first child, Joseph, sleeping in Salzburg 1975


Wo ist die Dauer? Im schwankenden Gras des Gartens. Nimm es mit dir auf die Reise

Where is duration? In the swaying grass of the garden. Take it with you when you travel


Eine gewisse Freude, eine ungewisse Traurigkeit

A certain joy, an uncertain sadness


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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