‘ABRAHAM, THE DREAMER: AN EROTIC AND SACRED LOVE STORY’ EXPLORES TURBULENT LOVE TRIANGLE Written by Rolf Gompertz
North Hollywood, California – Abraham, patriarch of three religions – Judaism, Christianity and Islam – is focal point of “Abraham, Dreamer: An Erotic and Sacred Love Story,” by Rolf Gompertz, a Jewish writer and novelist. The fast-paced, provocative, biblical novel explores turbulent love triangle involving Abraham, his emotionally distant wife, Sarah, and her handmaid, Hagar, “the other woman,” who is assigned to give Abraham a son and becomes love of his life. The print-on-demand, paperback book may be browsed online and purchased direct from publisher at http://www.iUniverse.com or toll-free at 1/877/823-9235. It is also available from any neighborhood bookstore (ISBN 0-595-17697-6, 260 pages, $14.95) or from http://www.amamzon.com . Ingram Books is wholesaler.
The troubled love triangle culminates with Abraham’s near-fatal sacrifice of Isaac, son born finally to childless Sarah. The book, about “First Family” of Jews, Christians and Muslims, offers an unconventional interpretation of biblical story, with Sarah portrayed as a high priestess in service to Inanna, Sumerian goddess of Love and War, while Abraham responds to call of a new, single, invisible God. The story is set against pagan practices of times, including Canaanite Moloch-worship, with its child sacrifices, and erotic Sacred Marriage Rite performed by Sarah in Sumer, Egypt and Canaan. (Note: This novel contains sexually explicit material.)
A DEAD-END BOOK COVER, A LAPIS LAZULI MOMENT, A SACRED SUNRISEWritten by Rolf Gompertz
A creative dead end can produce wonders.
That was proved to me once again in a most dramatic way. It involved cover design of my new book, a provocative biblical novel, titled, “Abraham, The Dreamer / An Erotic and Sacred Love Story.”
I had submitted my thoughts for cover design to publisher (iUniverse.com). I explained that story is about a love triangle, involving Abraham, his wife Sarah, and her handmaid, Hagar, “the other woman.” I suggested that cover capture that relationship.
Of course, there’s much more to story, and I filled in details at some length. After all, this is not a contemporary novel in a contemporary setting. We are talking about life 4000 years ago, with its many gods and goddesses, its child sacrifices and erotic Sacred Marriage Rites. Abraham’s wife, Sarah, could very well have been, what I portray her to be, a high priestess serving Inanna, great goddess of Love and War. We have Abraham, who turned against his society to follow a new and different God. What made him do that, I wondered, as I tried to recreate his life and tell his story. Furthermore, what made him transfer his love from Sarah to Hagar?
I tried to give designer a sense of individuals and of story that lay hidden in laconic biblical account.
When cover design came back to me I knew I was in trouble. The artwork suggested a knightly romance set in England during Middle Ages. But story is about Sumer, Canaan and Egypt, and nomadic, biblical characters who lived some three thousand years before Middle Ages. How could designers have been so far off mark? I learned, what I had not known before, that design department was not set up to provide original artwork. The designers could only work with existing stock art and clip art. Though plentiful, this art could not produce “look” that I was looking for.
I was now faced with two problems. First, a deadline. I had about two weeks to come up with an idea that could be made to work. Otherwise, book would be canceled and I would have to start with it all over again as a “new” project.
Second, I didn’t know if I could come up with a satisfactory, workable cover idea. I considered hiring an outside graphic artist. A quick check indicated that there would not be enough time for this and that it would be costly, if not prohibitive.
So I did what was only proper under such circumstances: I freaked out! Or, to be perfectly honest, I freaked out — some more! I was desperate. I knew I had to stop thinking about original cover concept. I had to stop my circular thinking, or, to put it another way, I had to start thinking outside box. In short, I had to think creatively.
The creative process itself is elusive. It works in a most mysterious way. It usually consists of stating problem, defining it and turning it over to your mind to think about and solve. I have often found that answer, solution comes to me when mind is relaxed and at rest. Invariably, I wake up at two or three in morning. At first I’m annoyed. I wonder why I woke up. Then I lie quietly. Presently, I become conscious of some answer or solution to a “problem” floating into view.