Russia: A Chronicle of Three Journeys in the Aftermath of the Revolution

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Creative Arts Book Company, 1989 - Biography & Autobiography - 271 pages
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From the author of The Last Temptation of Christ and Zorba the Greek comes a penetrating account of three long journeys that he made to the Soviet Union between 1925 and 1930. It is a journal that delineates the nature of the greatest upheaval of our time--the Bolshevik Revolution--and its impact on the social and spirtual evolution of mankind. Photos.

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What is the point of publishing a translation of this 60-year-old dithyramb to the USSR of the 1920s? The book, which is sketchy and unreliable in its treatment of Russian history and literature, is ... Read full review


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About the author (1989)

This distinguished novelist, poet, and translator was born in Crete and educated in Athens, Germany, Italy, and Paris, where he studied philosophy. He found time to write some 30 novels, plays, and books on philosophy, to serve his government, and to travel widely. He ran the Greek ministry of welfare from 1919 to 1921 and was minister of state briefly in 1945. A political activist, he spent his last years in France and died in Germany. Kazantzakis's character Zorba has been called "one of the great characters of modern fiction," in a novel that "reflects Greek exhilaration at its best" (TLS). A film version of 1965, starring Anthony Quinn, made Kazantzakis widely known in the West. Intensely religious, he imbued his novels with the passion of his own restless spirit, "torn between the active and the contemplative, between the sensual and the aesthetic, between nihilism and commitment" (Columbia Encyclopedia). Judas, the hero of The Last Temptation of Christ (1951) is asked by Christ to betray him so that he can fulfill his mission through the crucifixion. For this book Kazantzakis was excommunicated from the Greek Orthodox Church. The Fratricides, Kazantzakis's last novel, portrays yet another religious hero, a priest caught between Communists and Royalists in the Greek Civil War.

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