Nikos Kazantzakis


Born
in Heraklion, Crete , Greece
February 18, 1883

Died
October 26, 1957

Genre

Influences


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 fire but with mind ruthless and clear," Kazantzakis wrote in TODA RABA (1934).

Several of the author's novels deal with the history and culture of his own country, and the mystical relationship between man and God. In 1957 he lost the Nobel Prize by a single vote to the French writer Albert Camus.

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The Last Temptation of Christ

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Christ Recrucified

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4.28 avg rating — 5,022 ratings — published 1931 — 88 editions
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Report to Greco

4.32 avg rating — 2,421 ratings — published 1961 — 50 editions
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تصوف: منقذو الآلهة

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4.03 avg rating — 2,990 ratings — published 1927 — 30 editions
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Saint Francis

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4.06 avg rating — 1,655 ratings — published 1956 — 40 editions
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Freedom or Death

4.22 avg rating — 2,013 ratings — published 1953 — 55 editions
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The Fratricides

3.97 avg rating — 1,342 ratings — published 1963 — 31 editions
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The Odyssey: A Modern Sequel

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Alexander the Great

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More books by Nikos Kazantzakis…
“I felt once more how simple and frugal a thing is happiness: a glass of wine, a roast chestnut, a wretched little brazier, the sound of the sea. Nothing else.”
Nikos Kazantzakis, Zorba the Greek

“I hope nothing. I fear nothing. I am free.”
Nikos Kazantzakis

“True teachers are those who use themselves as bridges over which they invite their students to cross; then, having facilitated their crossing, joyfully collapse, encouraging them to create their
own.”
Nikos Kazantzakis

Polls

June 2017 New School Classic Poll

The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton, 351 pgs, 1905
 
  49 votes, 14.6%

The Color Purple by Alice Walker, 295 pgs, 1982
 
  46 votes, 13.7%

Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk, 218 pgs, 1996
 
  43 votes, 12.8%

 
  25 votes, 7.5%

My Ántonia by Willa Cather, 232 pgs, 1918
 
  23 votes, 6.9%

The Godfather by Mario Puzo, 448, 1969
 
  22 votes, 6.6%

Rosemary's Baby by Ira Levin, 308 pgs, 1967
 
  18 votes, 5.4%

 
  17 votes, 5.1%

The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler, 231 pgs, 1939
 
  13 votes, 3.9%

Sons and Lovers by D.H. Lawrence, 654 pgs, 1913
 
  13 votes, 3.9%

 
  12 votes, 3.6%

 
  11 votes, 3.3%

The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck, 418 pgs, 1931
 
  10 votes, 3.0%

A Town Like Alice by Nevil Shute, 359 pgs, 1950
 
  10 votes, 3.0%

 
  8 votes, 2.4%

 
  7 votes, 2.1%

Titanic by Filson Young, 236 pgs, 1912
 
  5 votes, 1.5%

 
  3 votes, 0.9%

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