Daily Dose of Immortality


Žarko’s mother feeds us chicken soup, then new potatoes and carrots and chicken with gravy. While we eat, she smokes. You remind me of Greta Garbo, I tell her. Žarko translates. She shakes her head and says: Greta Garbo with diabetes.

A parliamentary debate on the education-reform law flickers on the TV. If the reform passes, Žarko explains, university deans will be appointed by the minister of education, faculty appointments will require ministerial approval, and all faculty members will have to sign new contracts affirming their support for the new policies.

That’s how they do it where I work, I tell him. Not a healthy system, unless your main concern is to preserve an established way of thinking.

from Immortal for Quite Some Time

photo…David Albahari and Zarko Radakovic



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 http://works.bepress.com/scott_abbott/
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