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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Based on this good experience with the film, I always had a long-term intention of eventually reading some of Kazantzakis’s books. 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 frerdom observe their path through the tumultous events.

Read more Read less. The rest of the uprising consists of some fighting and a hefty amount of senseless violence against civilians, especially the Greeks in the countryside; it seems to be a matter deatth course that their deat will be burnt, and many of the inhabitants killed if they do not hide in time from the Turkish soldiers.

It seems to kazantzajis chiefly with a view to washing away his shame at having left his post during the defense of the monastery that he later decides to continue fighting even when there is no hope left and all the other leaders of the revolt accept the fact that it’s better to end the fighting and wait again for the next opportunity It’s the movie that made sirtaki music famous. Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants. Where men are men, women are scarce, and sheep are frerdom.

It is thought that the book’s title honours Kazantzakis’ father Michalis Kazantzakis, by whom the writer was inspired. What sets him apart is that he pushes those demons down to pursue his most fundamental belief— that Crete should be free. Faber and Faber, The title of the book encompasses its substance: There’s a problem loading this menu right now.


This book definitely did not disappoint. This site uses cookies. The Turks, for their part, send a few shiploads of soldiers from mainland Turkey to help quell the uprising 8.

I have read many books about Greeks and Crete and Frerdom. The Last Temptation of Christ.

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Even so, the fierceness of the enemies, the ferocious fighting, the adamantine resistance of the freedom fighters astounded me.


My favorite is Zorba the Greek, definitely: From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This is not an easy read, I feel you need to be in a specific mood to engage in this book since it requires your soul to be present and not just your mind. Michales decides to try to capture her back, but in order to do this, he has to temporarily withdraw himself and some of his fighters from the defence of a besieged Greek monastery Freedom or Death was qnd as a subtitle to the second edition in Greek released by Kazantzakie publishers in Athens in and was the preferred English US title.

The expression comes from the Greek national motto “Freedom or Death” Eleftheria i thanatosderived from the Greek War of Independence and used by Cretan rebels such as the book’s protagonist. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. 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.

He is rather cold towards his wife see e. It is in this book however that I read about it being given in its purest form as the ultimate fight for an idea that is more precious than life itself. The various characters respond to these urges in different ways, but one man towers above them all: In the end of this book I trully experienced a catharsis, for the first time at such strength, having gone through so many emotional stages with the characters and the plot of the story.

This page was last edited on 27 Novemberat Freedom or Death, Don’t Tread on Me: Write a customer review. Excellent book, I own an old dog-eared copy.


You are commenting using your WordPress. However, any reader can rise above the distinctive historical and cultural context which with marvel you will experience its description and get swept by the powerful ideas of love for one’s home, love for one’s family and such love for one’s freedom that death is a duty.

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An insult to the Moslem populace causes him to kill Michaeles’ brother. Gardners Books May 31, Language: Michales is the liberated spirit, refusing to be made into something he is not by a world unconcerned with individuals. Initially one has the impression that Michales is just a very ardent patriot, somewhat more fanatical than the majority perhaps, but little by little we come to realize that his obsessiveness transcends any sane definition of patriotism; he often gives us the impression of a person possessed by demons, and he reminded me somewhat of the sort of romantic heroes that one encounters in Byron or Lermontov.

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Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: 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. All of us could learn from his example. Words of these events get around, heads grow hotter on both sides, freesom to more violence among people who have no personal involvement in the original feud but are motivated by ethnic hatred; 7.

Add all kazanttzakis to Cart Add all three to List. For three years he had not seen her.

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