Report to Greco

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Simon and Schuster, Sep 18, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 506 pages
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Disarmingly personal and intensely philosophical, Report to Greco is a fictionalized account of Greek philosopher and writer Nikos Kazantzakis’s own life, a sort of intellectual autobiography that leads readers through his wide-ranging observations on everything from the Hegelian dialectic to the nature of human existence, all framed as a report to the Spanish Renaissance painter El Greco. The assuredness of Kazantzakis’s prose and the nimbleness of his thinking as he grapples with life’s essential questions—who are we, and how should we be in the world?—will inspire awe and more than a little reflection from readers seeking to answer these questions for themselves.
 

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User Review  - HadriantheBlind - LibraryThing

A raw (slightly unfinished), profound, autobiographical novel. Beautiful genuine searching about how to live. I know I am a mere adolescent philosophical dabbler, but Kazantzakis really speaks to me. Even his moments of profound religiosity are beautiful, in a way. Read full review

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Kazantzakis really gets mythic in this, I think. Read full review

Contents

ATHENS
RETURN TO CRETE KNOSSOS
PILGRIMAGE THROUGH GREECE
ITALY
MY FRIENDTHE POET MOUNT ATHOS Chapter 20 JERUSALEM
THE DESERT SINAI
CRETE
PARIS NIETZSCHE THE GREAT MARTYR

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
THE DEATHOF MY GRANDFATHER Chapter 7 CRETE VS TURKEY
SAINTS LEGENDS
LONGING FOR FLIGHT
MASSACRE
NAXOS
LIBERTY
ADOLESCENT DIFFICULTIES
THE IRISH LASS
VIENNA MY ILLNESS
BERLIN
RUSSIA
THE CAUCASUS
THE PRODIGAL RETURNS
ZORBA
THE CRETAN GLANCE
EPILOGUE
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About the author (2012)

Nikos Kazantzakis was born in Crete in 1883. He studied literature and art in Germany and Italy, philosophy under Henri Bergson in Paris and received his law degree from the University of Athens. The Greek Minster of Education in 1945, Kazantzakis was also a dramatist, translator, poet, and travel writer. Among his most famous works are, The Odyssey: A Modern Sequel, The Last Temptation of Christ, and Saviors of God.  He died in October 1957.

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