The Last Temptation of Christ by Nikos Kazantzakis – The internationally renowned novel about the life and death of Jesus as a masterpiece by. Hailed as a masterpiece by critics worldwide, The Last Temptation of Christ is a Nikos Kazantzakis, one of the greats of modern literature, follows this Jesus as. marks the fiftieth anniversary of Nikos Kazantzakis’ The Last Temptation of Christ. Since Kazantzakis ranks as one of the twentieth century’s most.

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Since Kazantzakis ranks as one of the twentieth century’s most important European writers, and given that this particular work of his has garnered so much publicity, this collection of essays re-assesses the novel, though not forgetting the movie, in light of one half century’s worth of criticism and reception history.

Clergy and laity alike have denounced this novel. When it first appeared, the Greek Orthodox Church condemned it, the Vatican placed it on its Index of Forbidden Texts, and conservative-evangelicals around the world protested its allegedly blasphemous portrayal of a kazantzaiis, struggling Messiah who “succumbs” to the devil’s final snare while on the Cross: Assuredly, the sentiments surrounding this novel, at least in the first thirty years or so, were very strong.



When Martin Scorcese decided in the early s to adapt the novel for the silver screen, even stronger feelings were expressed. Even today his works are seldom studied in Greece, largely because the Greek government is unable or unwilling to anthologize his material for the national curriculum.

After fifty years, however, the time seems right to re-examine the novel, the man, and the film, locating Kazantzakis and his work within an important debate about the relationship between religion and art literary and cinematic.

Until now a book-length assessment of Kazantzakis’ novel, and the film it inspired, has not appeared. No such volume is planned to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the novel’s publication.

For those who work in Kazantzakis studies, a focused anthology like this one is missing from library collections.

Barnes Tatum 43 3: Reading Kazantzakis Through Gregory of Nyssa: The Temptation That Never Was: Kazantzakis and Borges Roderick Beaton 8: Distant Flutter of a Butterfly: Satan and the Curious: Middleton and Elizabeth H.


Knowles and Allison Whitney The Dual Substance of Cinema: Lingerfelt Bibliography Contributors Index.

Johnston, Blurb from reviewer. You may not agree with everything you see in cheist book or The Last Temptation of Christ, but I encourage you to give both works the serious attention they deserve.

The Last Temptation of Christ – Nikos Kazantzakis – Google Books

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