FREEDOM OR DEATH 1 NIKOS KAZANTZAKIS FREEDOM OR DEATH By Nikos Kazantzakis First published in Dear Friends, this is a backup copy of the. Complete summary of Nikos Kazantzakis’ Freedom or Death. eNotes plot summaries cover all the significant action of Freedom or Death. Freedom and Death is also translated into Slovenian under the title Kapitan Mihalis (the main character in the book is reportedly based on.

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I’d like to read this book on Kindle Don’t have a Kindle? Well, scratch the latter two, there are just as many women as kazantzaksi in this book, and there isn’t any bestialitybut the first one definitely holds — at least half the men in this book are walking talking unreconstructed textbook cases of both acute and chronic testosterone poisoning.

The original title of the book was Nnikos Michalesand the hero of the book carries that name. Would you like to anc us about a lower price?

Michales is the liberated spirit, refusing to be made into something he is not by a world unconcerned with individuals. Damn, once again I wade through an English translation without having bothered to check whether a Slovenian one is also available.

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It’s nice to see that our translator was more faithful to the original title, although the English translator’s decision to use Freedom and Death instead also has its merits I’ll have more to say on the title next week in Part 2 of this post. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway.

Set in lateth-century Crete, when a new uprising takes place to rival those ofand Write a customer review. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Eventually he and his men are besieged on a mountaintop, surrounded by a much stronger Turkish army; in the morning before the final assault, he tells his men that there is no dishonour in leaving at this point, and most of them leave by a hidden trail unknown to the besieging Turksnikoa he and some five others fight to the end What sort of vengeance is that?


Nuri, unable to bear the shame of his injury, commits suicide 7.

Another explanation, which is what Michales tells to Polyxigis after admitting the murder, is that she stood in the way of their efforts to liberate Crete, Eventually, massacres begin to occur 8.

Captain Michalis Cover of the second edition in Greek, Athens Share your thoughts with other customers. It’s the movie that made sirtaki music famous. Amazon Drive Cloud kaznatzakis from Amazon.

The word Captain is not used in its naval rank sense, but as the title of leader of guerilla group the writer’s father Michalis Kazantzakis was a leader of such a group, hence the title. Saturday, November 18, What does death mean for him?

Gardners Books May 31, Language: Set against this backdrop, the novel presents a number of little strands of story as we encounter numerous characters several times in the book and thus get the chance to observe their path through the tumultous events.

Most of the inhabitants are Greek, although there are also some Turks even in the countryside. My mother’s mother came from there, born just after the last Cretan rebellion against the Ottomans. This is Kazantzakis’s modern “Iliad”. There are, both among the Turks and among kkazantzakis Greeks, some people that try to calm things down, and others that try to incite yet more violence.

Based on this good experience with the film, I always had a long-term intention of eventually reading some of Kazantzakis’s books. The Turks, for their part, send a few shiploads of soldiers from mainland Turkey to help quell the uprising 8. Find what you believe in and pursue it doggedly.

She too would have wanted to see only her son—the girls could just creep kazantzakiw as soon as they heard the door open and him coming. It is one of the most widely read books of modern Greek literature kaazntzakis has been translated and published in several languages. The central conflict lies between Michaeles, nokos Greek leader, and his blood brother, Nuri Bey, whose mistress would possess Michaeles.


I asked myself if I could survive in that hate-filled and violent environment. The “or” was knowingly replaced with “and” in the ending text by Kazantzakis. Every few months Michales invites a few acquaintances to a feast lasting a whole week, during which he forces them as well as himself to drink almost without interruption; but the drink doesn’t seem to affect him, and he merely sits glumly kszantzakis enjoys a kind of dark sense of contempt at the sight of the antics and carousings of his drunken companions 3.

Kazwntzakis would I have been like if Freeom grew up nioks married into such a patriarchal and rigid society?

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What he did seemed to her right, and if she had been a man she would have done the same. Print is set in very small type. It is emotionally drenching, the human struggles both psychological and physical, inner and overt depicted are fiercely touching and the glorious and bloody climax builds up in a ceremonial way. Rather, there is always a certain amount of violence and crime, much of it crossing the ethnic lines, and much of it motivated by the idea of taking revenge for some previous act.

The Last Temptation of Christ. An insult to the Moslem populace causes him to kill Michaeles’ brother. Tensions between the natives and the Turks build until they erupt and send Michales into the mountains to make war. Translated by Jonathan Griffin. Where men are men, women are scarce, and sheep are nervous. I realize this review is quite personal, but I just felt the need to share my thoughts and feelings about this masterpiece.