Saturday, April 16, 1994

The Greek Passion

by Nikos Kazantzakis
translated by Jonathan Griffin

An allegory for the death of Christ. Very Kazantzakian - full of pious sinners, unrepentant whores, sex, violence (two priests wrestle, very graphically, at one point), terrifying divine revelations, and so on. I liked it a lot. The Agha (a.k.a. the Pilate) was a great character. Again, Kazantzakis stresses the variety of paths that God stretches before us martyrdom, asceticism, domestic comfort – all, perhaps, equally valid.

four stars

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