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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Freedom or Death

The central conflict lies between Michaeles, a Greek leader, and his blood brother, Nuri Bey, whose mistress would possess Michaeles. Each week, our editors select the one author and one book they believe to be most worthy of your attention and highlight eeath in our Pro Connect email alert. You are commenting using your Twitter account. Captain Michalis Cover of the second edition in Greek, Athens Thus when I saw this copy of Freedom and Death in a kzaantzakis at a wonderfully low price, and also saw that the blurb on the back cover seems quite promising, I bought it without much hesitation.

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Zorba the Greek Zorba musical Zorba the Greek film. Piecemeal, inconsecutive and effortless as life itself, it is filled with passion and the enduring stuff of human personality.

As in fdeedom Kazantakis books, people might find sexist elements or even misogyny, but bear in mind the historical era and the patriarchic structure of society at the time.

My mother’s mother came from there, born just after the last Cretan rebellion against the Ottomans. Sign up here to receive your FREE alerts.

The original title of the book was Captain Michalesand nikoz hero of the book carries that name.

The writing by Kazantzakis is greatly colorful with beautiful details that create the reality of that time. An insult to the Moslem populace causes him to kill Michaeles’ brother. This is Kazantzakis’s modern “Iliad”.


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Print is set in very small type. 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 kqzantzakis the story. Set up a giveaway. Rather, there is always a certain amount of violence and crime, much of it crossing the nioks lines, and much of it motivated by the idea of taking revenge for some previous act.

Cretan independence from the Turks 3. Michales is a chief, or Captain, of the Cretans in Megalokastro freedomm Heraklionthe city in which the Ottoman Pasha resides. Customers who bought this item also bought. 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 may have simply regarded her as an unwelcome temptation and distraction, cf. There was a problem adding your email address.

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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.

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. I originally felt that you have to be Greek to really feel the intensity of the ideas that storm through this nioos that takes place during the Greek Revolution era ‘s against the Turkish oppression in the island of Crete.


Well, scratch the latter two, there are just as many women as men in this book, and there isn’t any bestialitybut the first one dewth holds — at least half the men in this book are walking talking unreconstructed textbook cases of both acute and chronic testosterone poisoning.

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What would I have been like if I grew up and married into such a treedom and rigid society? 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 of course that their villages will be burnt, and many of the inhabitants killed if they do not hide in time from the Turkish soldiers.

The book deals with the rebellion of the Cretans against the Ottoman Empire in Michales respects him as a fighter and fellow patriot, but despises his cheerful disposition and his fondness for women 4.

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Anyway, despite all this, the Cretan Greeks are rather fanatically determined to liberate themselves from Turkish rule; every now and then, they organise an uprising against the Turks, although these risings are always suppressed 2.

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. The “or” was knowingly replaced with “and” in the ending text by Kazantzakis.