Nikos Kazantzakis: Zorba the Greek (3168 words)

Zorba the Greek, originally titled The Saint’s Life of Alexis Zorba, by Nikos Kazantzakis, is the story of a charismatic, unabashed character (Zorba) whose experiences with the participant- narrator unleash a dialogized commentary concerning major questions of human existence. Establishing a Dionysian – Apollonian contrast within and around his two main characters, Kazantzakis explores various tensions (acts and consequences) provided within this primary contrasting frame, including: fate/freedom, orthodoxy/heterodoxy, antiquity/modernity, body/soul, individual/institutional, reason/intuition, and detachment/action.

Set in Crete, the novel is based on Kazantzakis’s real-life experience with …

Hada, Ken. "Zorba the Greek". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 10 January 2019
[, accessed 27 May 2019.]

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