In 1885 the first novel of the philosopher and writer Lou Andreas-Salomé appears: Im Kampf um Gott. One year later a Dutch translation appears under the title In den strijd om God. Not only does she write about her struggle, the way she wrestles herself free from her belief in the invisible God, but she also writes about what this does to her view of the world. She develops a “real life attitude” which she addresses in her poem ‘Lebensgebet’. With the novel In den strijd om God [The struggle for God] and Salomé’s memoirs Terugblik op mijn leven [Looking Back] I will elaborate on the question about the way Salomé looks at the concepts ‘the death of God’ and ‘remaining faithful to the earth’.