The book deals with the rebellion of the Cretans against the Ottoman Empire in the year Freedom and Death is Kazantzakis’s modern Iliad. The context is Crete in the late nineteenth century, the epic struggle between Greeks and. Complete summary of Nikos Kazantzakis’ Freedom or Death. eNotes plot summaries cover all the significant action of Freedom or Death.

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The “or” was knowingly replaced with “and” in the ending text by Kazantzakis. The plot is set in the Dfath uprising of Well, scratch the latter two, there are just as seath women as men 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.

Zorba the Greek Zorba musical Zorba the Greek film. Freedom or Death was added as a subtitle to the second edition in Greek released by Difros publishers in Athens in and was the preferred English US title.

So most of the Greek captains and their warriors accept the offers of amnesty, bury their weapons again and return to the same uneasy peace that had been broken a few months earlier. War is raging and the Turks lay siege to the Monastery of Christ the Lord.

One by one the rebel leaders lay down their arms, but Kapetan Michalis refuses to yield. Media reporter, reviewer, producer, guest booker, blogger.

Initially one has the impression that Michales is just a very ardent patriot, somewhat more fanatical than the ir 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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The word Captain is not used in its naval rank sense, but as freefom title of leader of guerilla group the writer’s father Michalis Kazantzakis was a leader of such a group, hence the title. Herbigkazangzakis, First The Name of the Roseand now this.

Nuri, unable to bear the shame of his injury, commits suicide 7. 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 Turksbut he and some five others fight to the end I thoroughly enjoyed the film, and the last scene, with Zorbas and Basil dancing like mad on the ruins of their failed mining facility, is one of my favourite movie scenes altogether.

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By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Plot The plot is set in the Cretan uprising of 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, Anyway, thanks for your comment — I’ll try to avoid buying any further books by Kazantzakis, seeing that they can be had for free at local libraries From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Violence continues; there is an abortive Greek revolt against Turkish rule; Michaeles deserts his post to rescue Nuri Bey’s mistress, is seduced by her and, horrified by his disloyalty, kills her and returns for a last-ditch battle: Where men are men, women are scarce, and sheep are nervous.

An insult to the Moslem populace causes him to kill Michaeles’ brother. But when he meets Emine, wife of his blood brother Nurey Bey, he is overcome by a “new demon”; for all his efforts, he cannot get her out of his mind. What he did seemed to her right, and if she had been a man she would have done the same. In the UK the book was published as Freedom and Deathwhich were the last words in the book.


Much of the novel shows very nicely how the next uprising breaks out. I had a curious feeling while reading these last scenes of the story; rationally I know what utter madness and insanity such a suicidal struggle is and it seems to me that Michales knew this as wellbut at the same time I can almost feel my feet being lifted off solid ground and transported into some sort of atavistic fog in which blood spurts all round and a pointless and suicidal fight to the bitter end is somehow glorious, splendid and commendable.

The Saviors of God It is thought that the book’s title honours Kazantzakis’ father Michalis Kazantzakis, by whom the writer was inspired.

The Turks are also interested in ending the uprising quickly, preferrably with the Greeks laying down their arms voluntarily rather than only after a complete and utter massacre, because the latter might attract unwelcome attention and interference from the Great Powers cf.

Nikos Kazantzakis – Freedom or Death

The novel gives us many interesting glimpses into the life of a Cretan town in the late 19th century. Retrieved from ” https: 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.

She too would have wanted to see only her son—the girls could just creep away as soon as they kazanztakis the door open and him coming.

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