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

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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