I’m writing a biography, of sorts, of Zarko Radakovic. Fragments of biography. Flights of fancy interspersed with passages from my notebooks. Reading through a notebook I filled on a trip to Alsace and Paris (in Paris I met Zarko and Anne and we visited Julije Knifer and then Peter Handke), I found these renderings of a Saint I had never heard of:



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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8 Responses to Notebooks

  1. Alex caldiero says:

    She is the christsm martyr santa lucia…saint Lucy….whose eyes were plucked out because she would not deny the faith….note her eyes upon the scritures…highly venerated among Mediterranean islanders and in some norther countries such ad sweden……


    • Scott Abbott says:

      in Alsace, this is St. Odilia. born blind, her father wanted her killed. her mother sent her away with a peasant. returning years later her father repented and gave his castle for a monastery at which she was the abbess.


  2. Alex caldiero says:

    I sit corrected. I overlooked no pun intended the other emblems. St. Lucy holds a palm branch. And she holds her eyes on a dish not a book. I ll take a closer look at this saint i never heard of….


  3. Alex caldiero says:

    The l is her staff. It s all there. Proof that this is a bonafide name of the saint.


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