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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Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. Michales therefore feels responsible for the fall of the monastery and the death of its abbot although it isn’t obvious to me that the presence of him and his handful of people would have made so much of a differencehe is also criticised by others for having left his post, and he is probably acutely ashamed of having done all that on account of a mere woman Kazantzakis says this in his book “Report to Greco “.

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 Every few months Michales invites a few acquaintances to a feast lasting a whole week, during which he forces them as well as himself to drink almost without interruption; but the drink doesn’t seem to affect him, and he merely sits glumly and enjoys a kind of dark sense of contempt at the sight of the antics and carousings of eeath drunken companions 3.

Michales suffers from the same demons as other men. Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life. This is not an easy freerom, I feel you need to be feeedom a specific mood to engage in this book since it requires your soul to be present and not just your mind.


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Cretan independence from the Turks 3. As in other 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. There are, both among the Turks and among the Greeks, some people that try to calm things down, and others that try to incite yet more violence.

Translated by Jonathan Griffin. Damn, once again I wade through an English translation without having bothered to check whether a Slovenian one is also available. 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 to observe their path through the tumultous events.

I realize this review is quite personal, but I just felt the need to share my thoughts and feelings about this masterpiece.

Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Set up a giveaway. Faber and Faber, Each week, our editors select the one author and one book they believe to be most worthy of your attention and highlight them in our Pro Connect email alert. Write a customer review. Ali’s son, Nuri Bey, was just a child at the time, but now, more than twenty years later, he is a grown-up and ready to take revenge 2. Michales respects him as a fighter and fellow patriot, but despises his cheerful disposition and his fondness for women 4.

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 “or” was knowingly replaced with “and” in the ending text by Kazantzakis. Rather, there is always a certain amount of violence and crime, much of it crossing the ethnic lines, and much of it motivated by the idea of taking revenge for some previous act.


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

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He seems to pretty much wilfully deny himself any joy or pleasure in life, any lighthearted fun, as if this somehow hurt the cause that the lives for, i. You are commenting using your Facebook account. Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty. Media reporter, reviewer, producer, guest booker, blogger. Freedom xeath Death, Don’t Tread on Me: Discover Prime Book Box for Kids. The original title of the book was Captain Michalesand the niios of the book carries that name.

The word Captain is not used in its naval rank sense, but as the treedom of leader of guerilla group the writer’s father Michalis Kazantzakis was a leader of such a group, hence the title. 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.

Sign up here to receive your FREE alerts. I have read many books about Greeks and Crete and Turks.