By Pierre Louÿs
‘Sing, oh Muse, of the deeds of Bilitis, poetess, priestess and courtesan of Aphrodite…’ This new unabridged translation of the Songs of Bilitis, in contrast to the Alvah Bessie translation, contains all a hundred and fifty of Pierre Louÿs’ poems. The Songs inform of the tragic amorous affairs and piety of a half-Greek, half-Phoenician courtesan and poet who was once the modern of the recognized Sappho of Lesbos, referred to as the 10th Muse through Plato. They sing of the average great thing about Southern Anatolia, Lesbos and Cyprus. They converse of the follies of early life and the madness of grownup wishes. They compliment goddesses and courtesans, and give some thought to idyllic pleasure and concrete strife. This variation comprises annotations explaining Greek phrases on the topic of every thing from banal goods, akin to garments and foreign money, to the area of the divine as understood by means of our Classical forbearers, in order that even the reader with out wisdom of historical Greece can benefit from the poems. It additionally presents an perception into the existence and schooling of the infamous Pierre Louÿs. This variation comprises the illustrations of Willy Pogany, in addition to photos, either Classical and Postclassical, that aid to demonstrate phrases and ideas present in the poem.
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Würde der Unbekannte sein Versprechen halten und wiederkommen? Sie wartete, bis der Lautsprecher verkündete, daß man sich Bangkok nähere. Verdrossen und verstört kleidete sie sich an, kehrte in ihre Kabine zurück, nahm ihre Tasche und ihre Jacke aus dem Gepäckfach, setzte sich hin und behielt beides auf den Knien. Eine fürsorgliche Hand hatte den Sessel wieder hochgestellt, und auf einem Tablett stand eine Tasse Tee mit Brioches. Ihr Nachbar, den sie abwesend ansah, schien überrascht. » erkundigte er sich, und seine Stimme verriet die Enttäuschung.
Wieder einmal wird die Besonderheit, die sie dieser Umarmung zu verleihen weiß, sich von früheren Umarmungen unterscheiden. An manchen Tagen besteht Emmanuelles Spiel darin, ihren Mann hinzuhalten: nirgends verweilend, sucht sie wie ein Schmetterling eine empfindsame Stelle nach der andern auf, entlockt der Kehle ihres Opfers Klagelaute, leises Stöhnen, die sie aber ungerührt lassen, läßt es zucken, keuchen, treibt es zur Raserei, um ihr Werk dann schließlich präzise und lebhaft zu vollenden. Heute jedoch möchte sie Spenderin einer gelasseneren Befriedigung sein.
Oh, nichts! Am nächsten Tag habe ich überall herausposaunt, daß ich keine Jungfrau mehr sei und mich verliebt hätte. » «Natürlich nicht! Weder er noch ich hatten die Absicht zu heiraten. Ich war noch keine siebzehn. Ich hatte gerade mein Abitur gemacht. » «Eines schönen Tages hat mir Jean ruhig wie immer erzählt, seine Gesellschaft schicke ihn nach Siam. Ich meinte, vor Kummer in die Erde versinken zu müssen. Aber dazu ließ er mir gar keine Zeit. Ohne große Umschweife fuhr er fort: ‹Wir werden vor meiner Abreise heiraten.