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Greek writer and philosopherwd:Q214622
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native language: Greek
educated at: National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
occupation: screenwriter, journalist, poet, translator, novelist, philosopher, playwright, writer, politician
award received: Greek state literary award
position held: Minister without portfolio of Greece
Nikos Kazantzakis (Greek: Νίκος Καζαντζάκης [ˈnikos kazanˈd͡zacis]; 18 February 1883 – 26 October 1957) was a Greek writer. Widely considered a giant of modern Greek literature, he was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature in nine different years.Kazantzakis' novels included Zorba the Greek (published 1946 as Life and Times of Alexis Zorbas), Christ Recrucified (1948), Captain Michalis (1950, translated Freedom and Death), and The Last Temptation of Christ (1955). He also wrote plays, travel books, memoirs and philosophical essays such as The Saviors of God: Spiritual Exercises. His fame spread in the English-speaking world due to cinematic adaptations of Zorba the Greek (1964) and The Last Temptation of Christ (1988).
He translated also a number of notable works into Modern Greek, such as the Divine Comedy, Thus Spoke Zarathustra and the Iliad.
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published correspondence between Nikos Kazantzakis and Pandelis Prevelakiswd:Q16766034
an epic poem by Nikos Kazantzakis, based on Homer's Odysseywd:Q7754712