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Nikos Kazantzakis: Books to read from Crete’s most famous writer!

Nikos Kazantzakis books

Nikos Kazantzakis is probably Greece’s most renowned author.  Nikos Kazantzakis was born in 1883 in Heraklion, studied Law in Athens and philosophy in Paris. His Cretan origin and brilliant mind gave to the public a series of books bursting with beautiful images, thoughts on travel and life that you won’t read in any other Greek writes. His novels and books became series and movies (Zorba The Greek directed by Michalis Kakogiannis and The Last Temptation directed by Martin Scorseze were based on his homonymous books) and he gained a reputation of a great writer.

Nikos Kazantzakis books are translated in many languages but today we will focus on his books translated to English in the pages of which you have to search to discover the spirit of Cretan life, the inspirational way with which Nikos Kazantzakis described the meaning of being a human and work for your self-completion.

His most famous quote “I hope for nothing. I fear nothing. I am free” is written on his grave at Heraklion city but let’s now see some of his books worth to read during your holidays in Crete or just take them with you back home. Nikos Kazantzakis, before writing his famous books, translated the classic Odyssey by Homer which you can find in English by Kimon Friar under the title The Odyssey: A Modern Sequel.

His most famous book, “Zorba the Greek”, can be found by various translations in English by Carl Wildman and more. His book “Christ Recrucified” can be also found translated under the title “The Greek Passion”.  The “Last Tempation” was translated by Peter A. Bien and is worth reading as well as seeing the movie. The Nikos Kazantzakis great novel “Captain Michalis” has the title “Freedom and Death” and the “Report to Greco” is yet another book that makes reading a great experience.

You can also find Nikos Kazantzakis travel books for Spain, Japan, Chine, England and more translated to English as well as his plays, essays, letters and memoirs. Make sure that you will not miss the experience of reading one of Nikos Kazantzakis’s books!

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