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Nikos Kazantzakis (1883-1957)


The ultimate Greek author

The most important contemporary Greek literary, whose works have been translated more than any other.


Born in Turkish-occupied Crete and died in Freiburg, Germany.  He was a novelist, poet, philosopher, journalist, playwright, and politician. A Doctor of law at the Athens Law School and Doctor of philosophy in the Philosophy school in Paris. He wrote essays, eleven novels (Report to Greco, Captain Michalis, Life and Times of Alexis Zorbas, The Last Temptation, Christ Recrucified and others), of which the last three were made into internationally acclaimed films, poetry (The Odyssey, Tertsines), philosophical works (Salvatores Dei, Symposium), twelve plays, nine scripts and twelve translations (Dante, Homer, Nietzsche, Goethe, Darwin, Bergson, Machiavelli and others).

He was a Minister (1945-1946) and was nominated seven times for the Nobel Prize in Literature.

He travelled and lived in many places in Greece, Europe and the East, to Siberia, Japan and China. The fruit of his labours on those journeys is his series of journals Travelling.

He lived a rich and brave life, an uphill road with four important milestones: Christ, Buddha, Lenin, Odysseus.

His books and fascinating characters travel us with masterful writing through history, ideas, passions, traditions, and philosophical theories. They speak about destination, strength, struggle, reconciliation and the unification of man with the divine; just like the way he lived his life: with passion, truth and reverence for life, nature, Greece, the universe.

On his gravestone in Crete, is engraved: I hope for nothing, I fear nothing, I am free.