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Christ Recrucified (1948)

by Nikos Kazantzakis

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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)
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A Greek village will put on a passion play, and they select townspeople for the various parts. Amazingly, real situations in the village put each of them in a analogous real-life role so that they are living the parts they had been chosen to play. Great idea, but I don't believe that it supports a book of this length. The characters are well-imagined. ( )
  KENNERLYDAN | Jul 11, 2021 |
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. ( )
1 vote DinadansFriend | Aug 23, 2019 |
Re-enactment of the Passion Play of Jesus in a small Greek village ( )
  JackSweeney | Jan 9, 2017 |
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. ( )
1 vote janerawoof | Dec 4, 2014 |
The Agha, Turkish ruler of a Greek village lives with a young boy, Youssoufaki, who he found in Smyrna. The boy is murdered and the Agha finds a replacement. ( )
  TonySandel2 | Mar 19, 2014 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Kazantzakis, NikosAuthorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Doolaard, A. denPrefacesecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Griffin, JonathanTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Izquierdo Hernández, José LuisTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kerbs, WernerTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kufov, GeorgiTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Noorbeek, AndréTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rubin, PéterTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sales, JoanTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Tervonen, JuhoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Vitti, MarioTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Assis à son balcon d'où l'on domine la place du village, l'agha de Lycovrissi fume son chibouk et boit du raki.
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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.

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The Greek Passion by Nikos Kazantzakis tells the story of a Greek village under Turkish rule and how the lives of the villagers are changed, some tragically, some to self-fulfillment by the roles they play in the annual drama of the Passion of Christ. The book is a work of high artistic order and like all of Kazantzakis novels contain important spiritual messages, as well as being plain old enjoyable and entertaining reading.
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