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Kazantzakis was always spiritually restless. Tortured by existential metaphysical concerns, he sought relief in knowledge, travel, experience, contact with diverse people. The influence of Nietzsche on his work is evident, especially the atheism & Übermensch concept. He was also haunted by spiritual concerns. To attain union with god, he entered a monastery for six mon ...more
Paperback, 512 pages
Published November 1992 by Rowohlt (first published 1953)
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Mohamed Al Marzooqi
يمكن اعتبار نيكوس كازانتزاكيس أحد أقل الكتاب حظًا في القرن العشرين، فقد ترشح في العام 1956 لنيل جائزة نوبل، ولكنه خسرها بفارق صوت واحد في التصويت لصالح ألبير كامو. وتعرضت بعض أعماله لعبث الرقابة -بل ومُنعَ نشرها- في العديد من دول العالم. إلا أن هذا الكتاب الذي نشره كازانتزاكيس في عام 1951 هو الأكثر إثارة للجدل من بين جميع كتبه (أو الأقل حظًا في معركته مع الرقابة)، إلى درجة أن البابا آنذاك عمد إلى إدراجه ضمن لائحة الكتب الممنوعة في الفاتيكان سنة 1954.

ويبدو أن سوء الحظ هذا تحول إلى لعنة لاحقت كل م
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Greg
Back in October of 2002 my parents had the wacky idea to take a family vacation in Florida. I wasn't too keen on the idea, but I went along with it because none of the excuses I could come up with sounded good.

I started thinking about this book because the it was something I read while on this vacation, and this vacation was the scene for one of my big anxiety induced breakdowns, where I acted out in very undesirable ways, made everyone around me really uncomfortable and probably baffled my fam
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DROPPING OUT
Jan 09, 2008 DROPPING OUT rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Carol, Seth, B
It has been almost 25 years since I read this and I really ought to re-read it, for I SO loved it the first time encountered it. Two stories... I recommended it to a friend of long standing who is a devout Orthodox Christian, thinking he might enjoy the "mind-game" Kazantzakis played. But he declined because his priest disapproved of the author and because of the brouhaha in Kazantzakis' native Greece involving the Orthodox clergy. Pity - My friend's loss. Just after I finished reading it, I rec ...more
K.D. Absolutely
Mar 26, 2010 K.D. Absolutely rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Nenette
Recommended to K.D. by: 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die
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According to the imagination of this Greek writer who was 1 vote away to grab the 1952 Nobel Prize for Literature, Nikos Kazantzakis, the last temptation of Christ happened while he was hanging on the cross. In the book, at that point that he was about to be nailed, the sunny heaven suddenly turned dark, the earth shook and Simon of Cyrene (the innkeeper) saw angels coming down from heaven, were the ones who nailed Jesus to the cross and took him away upon his death.

This book regularly appears
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Dayes Mohammed
يبدو المسيح في هذه الرواية فكرة مطاطية جدا ً بشكل ٍ غريب ، فهو ابن الله الذي يرغب بالتضحية في نفسه ، و هو نفسه الإنسان الذي يرغب بالحياة كما يشاء ، و كأنه يعترض على إرادة الله ، من أجل خلاص روحه هو فقط ، المسيح هنا خليط ٌ عجيب من الإنسانية و الألوهية و الرسالة و النبوة ، فكرة الصلب و تخليص العالم من آثامه ليست مجرد حلم فقط ، بل فكرة جميلة قادرة على تخدير الإنسانية بأن هناك من كفّر غنها خطاياها ، فكرة الصلب ما كانت لتكون هذه المسيحية من دونها ، هذه الفكرة التي ألهبت قلب الإنسان من خلال مفهوم التض ...more
Jeffrey
Jun 23, 2008 Jeffrey rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone with an open mind

This is not your grandparent’s gospel. That’s the first thing you must accept if you are going to make it through this novel.

Nikos Kazantzakis states in the introduction to The Last Temptation of Christ, “This book is not a biography; it is the confession of every man who struggles.” He explains that the book explores the “dual substance of Christ,” the struggle between his flesh and spirit - the stronger the struggle the richer the final harmony, a union with God. A struggle that he claims al
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Peycho Kanev
This book is a scream. Pure scream made out of love and pain. And it will sound until the end of time. That is all I can say.
Maybe because of this book Nikos Kazantzakis is buried on the wall surrounding the city of Heraklion near the Chania Gate, because the Orthodox Church ruled out his being buried in a cemetery.

His epitaph reads "I hope for nothing. I fear nothing. I am free."
 مولاي أرشيد أحمدو
إن كازنتزاكسي ليس من أولئك الروائيين الذين يكتبون فقط من أجل ناشر ينتظر أو قارئ متلهف، هو لا يكتب إلا لكي يخرج شيئا ما في صدره، شيء أثقل عليه طويلا و رأى أنه حان الوقت لأخراجه وتقاسمه مع الآخرين.
و صراع الجسد والروح هو من الأمور التي شغلت بال كازنتزاكسي طويلا، بل هي التي كانت مدار حياته كلها و من يقرأ تقرير إلى غريكو أو مذكرات زوجته المنشق يدرك ذلك.
ومن هو أفضل من جسد هذا الصراع؟ إنه بالتأكيد المسيح، فشخصيته الفذة كانت كافية لإلهام كازنتزاكسي لإخراج هذه التحفة الفنية الرائعة
إن من يقرأ الرواية لا
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mai ahmd
رواية مثل هذه تفتح قلبك وعقلك
روحانية بشكل آسر
مقاطع تأسر القلب
وأخرى توجعه كمشاهد ما قبل الصلب
قبل الفصل الأخير تأزمت
انقلبت الأحوال وساقتني الدهشة
كان حالي كحال يهوذا
ليس يهوذا الخائن بل ذلك الذي عانى من تأنيب الضمير

مثل هذا الكتاب قد يغير نظرتك إلى العديد من الأشياء




Christopher
This book (along with its film adaptation) is infamously controversial. That's the one thing I knew about it before reading it. I speculated upon its possible blasphemies: might it propose a conspiracy between Jesus and his followers to fake Jesus's death and resurrection? Or connect dots between Christianity and Eastern mystical traditions? Or even place Jesus in a sexual relationship with one of his female groupies?

But the most surprising thing about this book is its utterly devout attitude to
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Brad
Once again, I've destroyed my love for a book (although I do still like it). I first read The Last Temptation of Christ in '88, just before Martin Scorsese turned it into a movie, and I remember being blown away. Unfortunately, my literary concerns were different back then; the me who read The Last Temptation of Christ over the last couple of weeks doesn't match the me who read it twenty-two years ago.

I care more about consistency today. I care more about character, theme and message. And beaut
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Clark S
The Last Temptation is my very favorite book of all time.

I believe this is my edition, translated by P.A. Bien.

Although not particularly religious, I was so moved by this book that I seriously looked into trying to learn Greek so that I could see if I had lost anything in the translation.

There was a passage early in the book, a series of three or four paragraphs only, where Kazantzakis, (through a translator) was able to evoke the perfume of a garden with only a handful of typed words in a musty
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Andrés Franco Medina-Mora
Kazantzakis at his best! This book is simply a master class of storytelling that shows why this author is one of the very few true masters of narrative.

This book has raised great controversy among the Christian and particularly the Catholic Church and devotees. However the way faith driven men and women interpret this book's message is a good indicator of those who read the scriptures and those who study the scriptures. The book frightens the God-fearing people who are intimidated by a portrayal
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☽ Moon Rose ☯
THE POWER OF SUFFERING

As the wheel of life turns, sometimes one finds oneself at the very bottom. These are moments in one's life when emptiness engulfs it. As it devours the flesh, it plunges one's existence into an abysmal darkness, weakening the already wounded BODY thereby propelling the SPIRIT to awaken from its deep slumber...

Usually prompted by such inevitable events in life like an incurable disease, an excruciating physical or emotional pain, an utter loneliness or a self-imposed isola
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Fatima
Oct 10, 2014 Fatima is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
(لو ان الرب ينصت الى كل ماتقوله الامهات لتعفنا جميعا في مستنقع الامان والعيش الرغيد) !

البحث عن تحرير الذات جليه في البحث عن المأساة!
وكأن الرب يقايض كل هبه قبل اهداءها لعباده ..

الرواية مليئة بآباء وامهات يكنون كل الضغينه للرب لسرقته أبناؤهم بينما يغلق الرب ابواب السماء كي لايستمع للمزيد من الشكاوى..

"لاتسأل يااخي فهذه خطيئه" هذه العباره هي بدء ومكمن الشرور لاتسأل لانه لايوجد تبريرلافعال الاله. السيئة والتفسير الوحيد " انه الافعى التي افسدت المخلوقات الاولى وجعلت الرب يطردها من الجنه " !
الرواية تعج
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Ahmad Sharabiani
500. The Last Temptation of Christ, Nikos Kazantzákis
آخرین وسوسه مسیح - نیکوس کازانتزاکیس، برگردان: صالح حسینی، نشر نیلوفر

لحظه لحظهء زندگی مسیح جدال و پیروزی ست. او جادوی شکست ناپذیر لذتهای سادهء انسانی را تسخیر کرد. او بر وسوسه‌ها چیره شد و با تبدیل کردن ذرّه ذرّه «گوشت تن»به «خون جان» عروج کرد. مسیح با فراز آمدن به «گولگوتا» از صلیب بالا رفت. (توضیح اینکه «گولگوتا» و در برخی ترجمه‌ها: «جُلجُتا»، نام تپّه ای هست که عیسی مسیح را بر بالای آن به صلیب کشیدند و معنای لُغوی آن به قول اناجیل اربعه، «ک
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Logan
Beautiful book. I grew up Catholic and Jesus is always hitting me in the back of the head, but this book is good for all non-religious types (of which I definitely am despite the upbringing). I'm not sure how many translations into English are out there of this, or which one I read, but this book reads a lot of the time like prose poetry. Seriously beautiful. I remember wishing the Jesus in this book was the Jesus I was brought up with. That sort of response is why he got booted from the Orthodo ...more
Dalia
الآن يتبدى لي سبب تسمية الرواية بهذا الاسم "الاغواء الأخير للمسيح"، والذي كان جليًا في الفصول الثلاثة التي تلت لحظة الصلب والتي تعبر عن رؤية كازانتزاكس، أو موقف كازنتزاكس من الحياة، ولكم قبل أن أتناول هذا ، لابد لي أن أشيد بالبناء العبقري للروايةالذي يرسم أبعاد كل الشخصيات بدقة، وإنسانية شديدة، ولأول مرة أرى يهوذا مختلفًا عما هو شائع من خيانته، فهنا في رؤية كازنتزاكس يهوذا لم يخن، يهوذا عمل بأمر المسيح بأن يشي به لينتهي مصلوبًا كما كانت مشيئة الرب منذ البداية، وهو من أعطاه الاشارة في العشاء الأخ ...more
 Lio  Proeliator
لا يهمني إذا كان المسيح صلب أم لم يصلب، كان ابن الله أم ابن الإنسان، لكن ما يهمني هو ذلك المسيح الذي ينصر المستضعفين والفقراء، يبحث عن العدالة وينشر الحبّ ويضع اﻷشياء في نصابها.. هذا هو المسيح الذي أعرفه..
هذا الذي ربما أراد كازنتزاكس ان يقوله وهذا ما اعتقدته أبداً..
Kathryn
Mar 15, 2007 Kathryn rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who was raised catholic/christian
This book singlehandedly restored my faith in the historical Jesus and is absolutely the most spiritually affirming novel I have ever read. What better figure to explore the theme of sacrifice with other than Jesus? By the end of the book, you truly empathize with the burden this man carried as "God's chosen," frought with self-doubt and at times feeling like he was losing his mind; wanting desparately to live the "normal" life of a husband and father. A very sophisticated take on "torment" of d ...more
Tatiana
I loved this book! It puzzles me deeply why some Christians didn't like it. Perhaps a statement such as "Christ is both fully divine and fully human" can sometimes sound fine to people as an idea, but we don't want to think through what that means in actuality. We still want to think of Christ as 100% divine and maybe 10, maybe 20% human. Heaven forbid that he be actually, you know, human!

I was raised Catholic, but was in my high school religious exploration phase, and was actually Buddhist at t
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Smarti
Apr 13, 2008 Smarti rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anybody having a personal or scholarly interest in christianity
This was a difficult book for me to tackle - I finally finished it yesterday and I am glad I stuck with it. In essence, this is a retelling of the life of Jesus Christ and of the ultimate necessity of his death. For me, for the most part of the book, Kazantzakis wrote a very spiritual novel, faithful to the gospels. As I am not really religious, some parts were really hard to get through, hence, I had to stop several times in order to read something in between. In the end, though, Kazantzakis do ...more
Amy Neftzger
This is a beautifully written fiction of the life of Christ that focuses on the human aspect of the savior. Rather than assuming that Jesus knew what would happen through the course of time, Kazantzakis shows how Jesus struggles with events and temptations and still manages to triumph. Aside from the beautifully written prose, what I liked most about this book is how it makes the person of Jesus more accessible to the average person by focusing on His struggles. In addition, the author does a wo ...more
Nicole Nardone
Aug 17, 2007 Nicole Nardone rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: ALL
this is a fantastic book! if you haven't concieved that the Gospels within the Bible and the stories taught in Sunday schools are just that--stories told & retold by humans, just as The Last Temptation of Christ is a story--this book will open your eyes to the idea that history and religion are not facts but interpretations of experience retold by human. The Last Temptation of Christ is more fictional than historical, but it forces you to question your paradigm through which you see and what ...more
Terence
I remember going to see the Willem Defoe version of Kazantzakis' novel when it first came out.

I have never quite understood why a certain strain of Christian condemns this book. In the end, the author affirms Christ's divinity and messianic mission.

I'm not a Christian myself (though raised Catholic and wanted to be a priest when I was 8 :-) but I enjoyed this book, and found it an intelligent consideration of what it means to be both God and Man.
Arash
شاید برایتان پیش آمده باشد که وقتی افکار متناقضی به سویتان هجوم آورده اند و شما را از پا می افکنند با خود گفته باشید ای کاش مسیح بودم و مانند او با اراده ای استوار به پیش می رفتم.
در این کتاب با مسیح همراه می شوید.و با او رستگار میگردید.اما شاید در آخر بپرسید «چرا؟».
Erinn
Banned by the Church? It's got to be good. AMAZING! Explores what would have happened if Christ had taken the temptation to end the crucifixion. It also gave an incredible perspective on Judas and his motivation to betray Christ. Fascinating.
بثينة العيسى

نيكوس كازنتزاكيس عملاق بدون أدنى شك، ولكنني وجدت أن الرواية لا تتجاوز كونها إعادة كتابة للإنجيل، إلا في الجزء الأخير منها.

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CHris.T.o.S
KAZANTZAKI'S CHRIST IS A CHRIST I AM NOT FOND OF!!!I DONT EVEN WANNA REVIEW IT ALL BEEN SAID BEFORE,man what a waste of time.I dont feel less christian for reading it either way u can believe in whatever u want to.The issue with this book wasn't blasphemy it was stupidity.Anyway besides the retailing of the new testament it is not smthng special except Christ's final vision which i found extremely interesting.kazantzakis is a great writer his whole work is magnificent but u know what? whoever wr ...more
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Nikos Kazantzakis (Greek: Νίκος Καζαντζάκης) was a prolific Greek writer, whose works include essays, novels, poems, tragedies, travel books, and translations of such classics as Dante's The Divine Comedy and J.W. von Goethe's Faust.
Like his hero, Odysseus, Kazantzakis lived most of his artistic life outside Greece-except for the years of World War II. "I am a mariner of Odysseus with heart of fi
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“You will, Judas, my brother. God will give you the strength, as much as you lack, because it is necessary—it is necessary for me to be killed and for you to betray me. We two must save the world. Help me."

Judas bowed his head. After a moment he asked, "If you had to betray your master, would you do it?"

Jesus reflected for a long time. Finally he said, "No, I'm afraid I wouldn't be able to. That is why God pitied me and gave me the easier task: to be crucified.”
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“When everyone drowns and I'm the only one to escape, God is protecting me. When everyone else is saved and I'm the only one to drown, God is protecting me then too.” 28 likes
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