Editorial Reviews. About the Author. Nikos Kazantzakis was born in Crete in He studied site Store · site eBooks · Literature & Fiction. In this story, Jesus is presented as both fully human and fully devine, free of sin but subject to all temptations. Kazantzakis, Nikos, The Last Temptation of Christ or The Last Temptation (Greek: Ο Τελευταίος Πειρασμός, O Teleftéos Pirasmós) is a. Read "The Last Temptation of Christ" by Nikos Kazantzakis available from Rakuten Kobo. Sign up today and get $5 off your first download. The internationally.

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Read "The Last Temptation of Christ" by Nikos Kazantzakis available from Rakuten Kobo. The internationally renowned novel about the life and death of Jesus. This was the Last Temptation which came in the space of a lightning flash to trouble the Saviour's final moments. But all at once Christ shook his head violently. The internationally renowned novel about the life and death of Jesus Christ. Hailed as a masterpiece by critics worldwide, The Last Temptation of Christ is a.

It is repetitive, self-contradictory, sententious, foolish, and even at times ill-intentioned.

Not surprisingly, some Bible fans got very offended. And, like it or not, to consistently sell to and be read or at least perused by billions throughout the world is an impressive feat, regardless of relative literary quality.


Taken as a whole, the Bible is most certainly a foundational document of Western civilization, though it is by no means the only one. To Nikos Kazantzakis, however, the message of the New Testament was as simple and relevant as it ever had been or will be: to be Christlike is to live simply, care for your neighbors, and, ultimately, to renounce those temptations toward sin that would prevent us from doing the same.

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Hence the title of the book. His version of the historical Jesus is a soul-searching, complicated, flawed, and decidedly humane figure, one that we can all, at least in part, relate to.

He is a man tempted by the most common earthly delights such as romance, comfort, wealth, and power. His divinity derives from his struggle to rise above them all. Kazantzakis is at one with Camus in his insistence upon a revolt against the guaranteed frustration of all actions.

For Camus also, the inevitable outcome of a life imbued with the desire for short-term sensual pleasure is a movement towards asceticism. Both Camus and Kazantzakis maintain that one must cry out against futility and frustration.


Kazantzakis asserts that, like the light that remains after an exploding star, this cry must remain after the voice no longer exists.

In his work, Kazantzakis retained a hope for himself and the future progression of humanity.

Although he came close, he was never awarded the Nobel Prize, narrowly missing out to Juan Ramon Jimenez in I had the pleasure of being able to give public testimony of my admiration in Athens, at a period when official Greece was frowning upon her greatest writer. I also do not forget that the very day when I was regretfully receiving a distinction that Kazantzakis deserved a hundred times more, I got the most generous of telegrams from him.

Later on, I discovered with consternation that this message had been drafted a few days before his death. With him, one of our last great artists vanished. I am one of those who feel and will go on feeling the void that he has left.

This telegram was sent from a clinic in Freiburg, Germany, where Kazantzakis spent his last days, cheered by a visit from Albert Schweitzer, before he passed away on October 26, Kazantzakis was one those rare breeds who felt the pulsating rhythm of life pumping through his veins and was able to transfer this rhythm into his works. He penetrated to the core of human passions, hopes and fears and managed to distil this into the very marrow of his characters.

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