Kazantzakis: Politics of the Spirit, Volume 1 (Princeton by Peter Bien

By Peter Bien

"No writer who lives in Greece," writes Peter Bien, "can keep away from politics." this primary quantity of his significant highbrow biography of Nikos Kazantzakis methods the distinguished--and controversial--writer by way of describing his fight with political questions that have been actually points of a fervent non secular search.

starting with Kazantzakis's early occupation in fin-de-siècle Paris and his discovery of William James, Nietzsche, and Bergson, the ebook maintains by way of describing his experiments with communism in turbulent Greece, his visits to Soviet Russia, and the e-book of his epic Odyssey in 1938. Bien demonstrates that politics and faith can't be separated in Kazantzakis's improvement. His significant crisis was once own salvation, however the approach he hired to win that salvation used to be political engagement. Did deliverance lie in nationalism? Communism? Fascism? He ultimately rejected every one of those attainable strategies as morally appalling. Abused via either left and correct, he insisted on an "eschatological politics" of non secular fulfillment.

This compelling biography may be crucial examining for Kazantzakis students and for a large viewers of these who already respect the Greek author's paintings. additionally, it is going to offer an creation to the 1st 3 a long time of Kazantzakis's occupation if you happen to have not begun to get pleasure from such passionate and stirring novels as Zorba the Greek, The Greek Passion, and The final Temptation of Christ.

This first quantity offers an advent to the preliminary 3 many years of Kazantzakis's profession when you have loved such shiny and stirring novels as Zorba the Greek, The Greek Passion, and The final Temptation of Christ.

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