Griechische Passion : Roman

by Nikos Kazantzakēs

Other authorsNikos Kazantzakis (Author), Werner Kerbs (Translator)
Paperback, 1990



Call number

FL 21402 P288



Frankfurt/M. ;Berlin, 1990.


The Greek elders of Lycovrissi gather to select principals from the village for the Passion Play, given every seven years at Easter. Among the various villagers, Manolios, the meek shepherd, is chosen to play Christ, and Katerina, a widow who had closed herself off to men after the death of her husband, is chosen to play Mary Magdalen. As this passionate story of savage emotions and primitive religious feeling evolves, the actors begin to change according to their roles in the biblical story. When the Turkish Agha finds his favorite dead in bed, he arrests the village elders and threatens to hang one a day until the murderer is discovered. Manolios, because of a strange dream, believes he must offer himself as sacrifice and confesses to the slaying.… (more)

User reviews

LibraryThing member janerawoof
Read years ago. I've never forgotten this moving book, though I don't remember many details. I had tears running down my face at the character Manolios, the shepherd, chosen to play Christ in the village Passion play.
LibraryThing member DinadansFriend
A high quality novel. A village in the very late Ottoman empire, with a Greek population and a Turkish landlord is the scene. The roles are chosen for the annual Passion Play, but a murder occurs, and the inevitable tragedy unrolls. The opening threshing scene is still with me, half a century later.
LibraryThing member caltheat
This book is a beautiful meditation on how the true adoption of Christ-like attitudes changes a good person into a great person, and how the simple sincere gospel threatens the powerful, rich and greedy. Kazantzakis may have written his characters alittle too sharply; few characters had real,
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complex lives. Perhaps because those who were complex were destroyed by their own emotions, Michelis and Panayartoras. Both lost the woman they loved. One turned to destruction, trying to destroy the world. The other turned to acetism, turning his back on the world. And Manolios and the widow both found salvation in martrydom, though the "church" refused to recognize their sacrifice as salvation. The book continually asks the question why the "church" refuses to see Christ and insists on it's own righteousness.
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LibraryThing member jburlinson
Very fine. The parallels between the original events and the staging of the local passion play are shrewdly managed. I particularly liked Kazantazakis' sense of pace. This is a relatively long book, but there is no dragging and there is consistent forward motion. The "Herod" character is
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particularly amusing, very believable in this context.
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Original language


Original publication date

1954 (original Greek)
1948: Written
1954: Published

Physical description

458 p.; 18 cm


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