Kazantzakis by Peter Bien
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By Peter Bien


Politics of the Spirit

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Kazantzakis by Peter Bien

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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.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780691128139
ISBN-10: 0691128138
Format: Hardback
(229mm x 152mm x 39mm)
Pages: 640
Imprint: Princeton University Press
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publish Date: 2-Jan-2007
Country of Publication: United States

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Selected Letters of Nikos Kazantzakis by Peter Bien Selected Letters of Nikos Kazantzakis, Hardback (December 2011)

The life of Nikos Kazantzakis - the author of "Zorba the Greek" and "The Last Temptation of Christ" - was as colorful and eventful as his fiction. And nowhere is his life revealed more fully or surprisingly than in his letters. This title offers a comprehensive selection of Kazantzakis' letters that touches on various aspects of Kazantzakis' life.

Kazantzakis by Peter Bien Kazantzakis, Paperback (January 2007)

A biography of Nikos Kazantzakis. It describes his struggle with political questions that were in reality aspects of a fervent religious search. It features his experiments with communism in turbulent Greece, his visits to Soviet Russia, and the publication of his epic "Odyssey" in 1938.

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Author Biography - Peter Bien

Peter Bien is Professor Emeritus of English and Comparative Literature at Dartmouth College. His "Kazantzakis: Politics of the Spirit, Volume 1" was first published by Princeton in 1989 and was translated into Greek in 2001. It will be published in paperback by Princeton in February 2007. Bien has translated Kazantzakis's books "The Last Temptation of Christ, Saint Francis", and "Report to Greco" into English, and is the author of "Kazantzakis and the Linguistic Revolution in Greek Literature" (Princeton).

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