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Nikos Kazantzakis

Greek writer and philosopher (1883-1957)

1883   -   1957


country of citizenship: Greece
native language: Greek
languages spoken, written or signed: Greek
educated at: National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Ursulines School of Naxos
occupation: screenwriter, journalist, poet, translator, novelist, philosopher, playwright, writer, politician, prosaist
award received: Greek state literary awards
position held: Minister without portfolio of Greece

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Nikos Kazantzakis (Greek: Νίκος Καζαντζάκης [ˈnikos kazanˈd͡zacis]; 2 March (OS 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 nine times.Kazantzakis' novels included Zorba the Greek (published 1946 as Life and Times of Alexis Zorbas), Christ Recrucified (1948), Captain Michalis (1950, translated Freedom or 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, On the Origin of Species, the Iliad and the Odyssey.
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