Kazantzakis: Politics of the Spirit, Volume 2 / Edition 1

Kazantzakis: Politics of the Spirit, Volume 2 / Edition 1

by Peter Bien
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0691128138

ISBN-13: 9780691128139

Pub. Date: 01/02/2007

Publisher: Princeton University Press

Putting Greek writer Nikos Kazantzakis's vast output into the context of his lifelong spiritual quest and the turbulent politics of twentieth-century Greece, Peter Bien argues that Kazantzakis was a deeply flawed genius—not always artistically successful, but a remarkable figure by any standard. This is the second and final volume of Bien's definitive and

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Putting Greek writer Nikos Kazantzakis's vast output into the context of his lifelong spiritual quest and the turbulent politics of twentieth-century Greece, Peter Bien argues that Kazantzakis was a deeply flawed genius—not always artistically successful, but a remarkable figure by any standard. This is the second and final volume of Bien's definitive and monumental biography of Kazantzakis (1883-1957). It covers his life after 1938, the period in which he wrote Zorba the Greek and The Last Temptation of Christ, the novels that brought him his greatest fame.

A demonically productive novelist, poet, playwright, travel writer, autobiographer, and translator, Kazantzakis was one of the most important Greek writers of the twentieth century and the only one to achieve international recognition as a novelist. But Kazantzakis's writings were just one aspect of an obsessive struggle with religious, political, and intellectual problems. In the 1940s and 1950s, a period that included the Greek civil war and its aftermath, Kazantzakis continued this engagement with undiminished energy, despite every obstacle, producing in his final years novels that have become world classics.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691128139
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
01/02/2007
Series:
Princeton Modern Greek Studies Series
Edition description:
ANN
Pages:
634
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.80(d)

Table of Contents

Preface ix
Acknowledgments xvii
Technical Notes xix
CHAPTER ONE: KAZANTZAKIS'S ATTRACTION TO FASCISM AND NAZISM IN THE 1930s 1
CHAPTER TWO: TRAVEL WRITING 16
CHAPTER THREE: SPAIN 22
CHAPTER FOUR: JOURNEY TO THE MOREA 33
CHAPTER FIVE: GREEK POLITICS, 1922-1936; METAXAS 43
CHAPTER SIX: WRITINGS CA. 1935-1939: JARDIN DES ROCHERS 60
CHAPTER SEVEN: WRITINGS CA. 1935-1939: OTHELLO RETURNS 81
CHAPTER EIGHT: WRITINGS CA. 1935-1939: MELISSA 86
CHAPTER NINE: WRITINGS CA. 1935-1939: JULIAN THE APOSTATE 100
CHAPTER TEN: PERIOD 1940-1944: THE ALBANIAN CAMPAIGN AND AXIS OCCUPATION 111
CHAPTER ELEVEN: BUDDHA 134
CHAPTER TWELVE: ALEXIS ZORBAS: A PHILOSOPHICAL INTERPRETATION 144
CHAPTER THIRTEEN: ALEXIS ZORBAS: A POLITICAL INTERPRETATION 157
CHAPTER FOURTEEN: PROMETHEUS TRILOGY AND GREEKNESS 165
CHAPTER FIFTEEN: KAPODISTRIAS 197
CHAPTER SIXTEEN: CONSTANTINE PALAIOLOGOS 224
CHAPTER SEVENTEEN: ATHENS, OCTOBER 1944-JUNE 1946 237
CHAPTER EIGHTEEN: LONDON AND PARIS, 2 JUNE 1946-2 JUNE 1948 273
CHAPTER NINETEEN: SODOM AND GOMORRAH 279
CHAPTER TWENTY: THE POLITICAL COMPREHENSIVENESS OF CHRIST RECRUCIFIED 292
CHAPTER TWENTY-ONE: THE FRATRICIDES 328
CHAPTER TWENTY-TWO: KOUROS 356
CHAPTER TWENTY-THREE: CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS: KAZANTZAKIS'S FINAL PLAY 363
CHAPTER TWENTY-FOUR: O KAPETAN MIHALIS: AN EPIC MANQUÉ 372
CHAPTER TWENTY-FIVE: KAZANTZAKIS'S LONG APPRENTICESHIP TO CHRISTIAN THEMES 394
CHAPTER TWENTY-SIX: THE LAST TEMPTATION AS A RELIGIOUS NOVEL 428
CHAPTER TWENTY-SEVEN: IS THE LAST TEMPTATION A RELIGIOUS NOVEL OR A POLITICAL NOVEL? 442
CHAPTER TWENTY-EIGHT: KAZANTZAKIS'S META-CHRISTIAN SAINT FRANCIS AS A MODEL OF SOUL-FORCE CREATING HIS OWN FATE 453
CHAPTER TWENTY-NINE: REPORT TO GRECO 524
APPENDIX. KAZANTZAKIS AND WOMEN 547
Notes 551
Bibliography 583
Index 603

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