Lilith’s Children

Lilith, Adam & Eve, Genesis, Creation, Jewish MidrashSamael, Scripture, German Literature, Narrative Verse, Mysticism,  Feminism, Fiction
(21,713 words include an introductory essay about the work, its author and the translation)

LILITH’S CHILDREN
by
ISOLDE KURZ

TRANSLATED AND WITH AN INTRODUCTION
by
BECCA MENON

Lilith Picture Source http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Lilith_%28Carl_Poellath%29.jpgLilith picture, Creative Commons Image July 8 2008

~ Isolde Kurz translated by Becca: Smashwords ~ Becca Menon works & translations on Amazon ~

 A RADICAL, MYSTICAL, FEMINIST
and BEGUILING VISION
of the BOOK of GENESIS ~
The DIVINE COMEDY of LOVE:
FIRST LOVE, SELF-LOVE, ETERNAL LOVE ~
A TOUR-de-FORCE of RHYTHMIC, RHYMED
NARRATIVE and DRAMATIC VERSE

male and female created he them.”  (Genesis 1:27)

A LILITH SYNOPSIS

A couple of angels have been scouting The Creation just underway.  They report to agitated colleagues in Heaven what they saw take place on new Earth as the Lord bestow life on a peculiar being:  “a prominent bent among Adam’s features/ Is greed exceeding all other creatures.”  They describe him acquiring consciousness.  “He was suddenly flooded with self-awareness,/ He swarmed with a sense of his personal rareness.”

But they speak of the woman, Lilith, created and brought to life in tandem with Adam, as if the Creator might have fashioned her “while He was withdrawn/{~she is} radiant as Paradise dawn.”  She resembles Adam, yet is “subtler, improved,/  Like the stalk of a flower that breathed and moved.”  Lilith has wings and can explore the realms of celestial music.

The male is earthbound, lazy.  He wants to forbid his mate from soaring to mystic heights.  She wants him to strive, to fashion wings of his own devising and join her in hearing celestial music.

Then Eve appears.  The fallen angel, Samael had watched Creation, too.  He resents that this drooling, gross lump, man, will inherit Heaven over him.  “Yet however beastly the beast’s behavior,/ Lilith lifts him up like a personal savior.”

Samael realizes he must turn Adam away from Lilith.  He’ll intervene before Adam achieves the empyrean.  Knowing he cannot convey the breath of life, after he fashions the rival female from clay, he purloins her life from Adam rib while the crown of creation snoozes.  The second creator gloats satanically over his handiwork:  “Through her let my power be pervasive.”

Adam proves easy prey to the wide-eyed female’s smarmy flattery and sexual come-ons.  After he has betrayed his God-given mate, Lilith, he suddenly sees her as terrifying, monstrous.  “It is no longer she!  She is wild and strange /{~} Transformed, she awed and terrified him,/  Sister to blazing Seraphim.”

Lilith is swept into Heaven.  On Earth, The Fall proceeds.

Lilith’s Children follows humanity’s story into the exile from Eden, showing the new world of labor and suffering.  It sketches dramatic first death as that occurs through Adam’s sons.  Yet here is also consolation.  Adam is told of coming redemption – and how in it, Lilith plays a crucial role.

Full of quirky charms, artful characterizations and vivid storytelling, Lilith’s Children delivers astonishing concepts through original, energetic poetic forms, and develops themes with sympathetic humor as Lilith’s Children explores the nature of men, women, imagination and their relationship to the Divine.
It is, in other words, a classic.

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Creative Commons Image of Isolde Kurz

Isolde Kurz [Translate this page] (1853-1944), once both widely admired and popular, was a prolific and erudite writer renowned for her fine style in a wide array of genres. While she did celebrate, and was celebrated by Nazi Germany, which she envisioned as the new Holy Roman Empire, she did not lose her humanity:  she lent her then eminent name to a French manifesto against antisemitism and nationalism’s militarist excesses.

 

Click here for an excerpt of Lilith’s Children, “The Second Woman”

Excerpts first appeared on the much lamented site, Fieralingue