The Greek Passion

ISBN: 0671212168
ISBN 13: 9780671212162
By: Nikos Kazantzakis Jonathan Griffin

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This novel tells the story of a Greek village under Turkish domination and of how the lives of the villagers are changed--some to tragedy, some to self-fulfillment--by the roles they play in the annual drama of the Passion of Christ.The Greek Passion was made into the film He Who Must Die.

Reader's Thoughts

Ahmad

به جرئت می‌تونم بگم بهترین کتابی است که تا به حال خوانده‌ام. توصیف انسان‌های‌اش خیلی دل‌نشنین است. کاملن با این توصیفات احساس نزدیکی می‌کردم. البته پایان تلخی دارد و این از عنوان کتاب هم مشهود است. من این کتاب را از «زوربای یونانی» خیلی بیش‌تر دوست داشتم. ترجمهٔ «محمد قاضی» هم که طبق معمول عالی است.از دیدن او کشیش با همهٔ ناراحتی‌های فکری‌اش نتوانست از خنده خودداری کند. گفت:- طفلک پانایوتیس من، چه کسی تو را به این حال و روز انداخته است؟پانایوتیس غرید و گفت:- این به خودم مربوط است. تو کشیش لازم نیست این قدر کنجکاو باشی، و الا همان جا می‌کارمت و می‌روم؛ می‌دانم که تو به من احتیاج داری.- مکدر مشو پانایوتیس، منظورم اهانت به تو نبود. به هر حال گوش بده: من فردا تو را تجهیز می‌کنم. آن چماق کذایی‌ات را بردار و اگر مانولیوس با گداها آمد، بزن و دخل‌اش را بیار. او تکفیر شده است و خون‌اش حلال است. تو لازم نیست به هیچ کس حساب و کتاب پس بدهی. تو حتا می‌توانی او را بکشی؛ خدا با تو همراه است.- خدا را راحت بگذار کشیش و او را داخل در دوز و کلک‌های ما مکن. تو از پدر فوتیس می‌ترسی و من از مانولیوس متنفرم؛ والسلام و نامه تمام! بنابراین، خدایان و قدیسین و حضرت مریم را در این قضیه داخل مکن. این حرف‌ها در من نمی‌گیرد. تو آن قدر ناقلا و رند هستی که بفهمی من چه می‌گویم.

Matt Ely

The author's style seems, to me, inseperable from that of Dostoyevsky. The difference, however, is that while Dostoyevsky's works usually traverse from darkness to a modicum of light and redemption, Kazantzakis' book starts in the light and shows that when light is fully pursued, it often leads to darkness. The theme, as I see it, is one of conversion. A few characters are compelled, almost by forces outside themselves, to take a fresh look at the life of Jesus and to take it seriously. They quickly find, however, that a life honestly lived in pursuit of the the Gospel makes them enemies of their families, the state, and even the church. Kazantzakis is not so naive that he makes the convert's experience a universal good; it is tempered by implicit warnings that constant spiritual reawakening can lead to destruction as well. But the brunt of his criticism clearly lies with rich individuals and institutions that follow the Gospel of a homeless man, Jesus. It is a deep, thought out picture of hypocrisy that certainly hasn't lost relevance for its age.

Panayotis Dulberis

First book I read by Kazantzakis, and I have to say its a pure delight. It works on so many levels. Prima facie is a book about religion and God, but digging further is also about humanism, human rights, equality. It's a book about the history of Greece, with the small village in Anatolia showing Greek life under the Turkish regime, but if you go a bit deeper its about the Greek Civil War after the WW2, but if you go deeper its about its about the conflict of Conservatism with Change in a society. In the end its a book about a small village and about the whole world. I cannot say nothing more or less, except that it should be a sure read for any thinking person. And you dont have to agree with Kazantzakis. Just think.... and feel.

Mina Saher

لم أعد أحب الروايات المليئة بالمواعظ و العبر. ثلث هذه الرواية هيّ عظات كنسية قيلت على لسان أبطال الرواية في شكل حواري. مشغول كازنتزاكس بقضايا الفقر و العدل الإجتماعي و تمسيخ الدين في صور رجال الدين. الرواية تحكي عن قرية ليكوفريس التي تقوم كل 7 سنوات بتمثيل قصة المسيح، فحان وقت اختيار أبطال العمل المقبل. اختير مانولي مسيحاً و ميشيل يوحناً و غيرهم. فتبدلت حيواتهم لأنهم أرادوا أن يصيروا أبراراً كأنبياء الكتاب المقدس.الرواية بها الكثير من المط و التطويل. قليلة هيّ الشخصيات الرمادية في الرواية. فالكل إما خيّر أو شرير أو سلبي. الشخص الواقف على المنتصف الوحيد في الرواية، قتلته أقدام المتصارعين. مُرهق هو كازنتزاكس.

Howard

This is a remarkably clever, emotional and challenging novel. It is in essence a simple story: a Greek village re-enacts the life of Christ every four years, individuals are given parts to play - how much are they inherently like or do they taken on themselves the biblical/personalities roles? The long novel of 470pages deepens the idea on so many levels you'll love it. Ok a little more detail. The location is a smallish town called Lycovrissi on mainland Turkey (Anatolia) occupied by Greeks in the 1920s. The town is overseen by the Turkish Agha, who is just about the only Turk mentioned (except his two teenage male lovers?); though the town itself is run by the rich miser Ladas, the old Dr Patrarchis and the conniving priest Grigoris. The town is host to the usual variety of individuals and I found it useful to keep a note of the characters and their given roles (by the priest Grigoris) in the re-enactment so here goes: Panayataros - saddler (Judas) Kostandis - family man and cafe owner (James) Yanakos - carrier and mule owner (Peter) Katerina - widow and hussy (Magdelen) Patrachis - doctor and heavy weight (Pilate) Michelis - Partachis's son (John) Ladas - married to Martha (Caiaphus) Manolios - sheep herd (Jesus) Mariori - Grigoris daughter Hadis - schoolmaster & Grigoris brother Leno - Manolios' love Fortunas - captain and Agha's drinking buddy Demitri - butcher The village is going strong until a group of displaced (from the Smyrna district), poor and starving Greeks headed by father Fotis descend on the town and moves into the local mountain caves (at a sign from God). The righteous want to help (e.g. Manolios) while the wealthy self-interested want rid (Ladas and Grigoris). The depth of the story comes from the roles the individual have taken on, the turn of events they themselves seem to initiate to actually self-fulfill them e.g. Manolios, and the deeper true roles they actually play e.g. is it Patrachis or the Agha who actual behave like Pilate? Sufficient to say it all ends in tears not least helped along up by Panayatros who introduces the idea of a Bolshevik conspiracy. I loved this story and think it Kazantzakis's best. My blood boiled at the inequity of the priest and the town. The characters are deep and well rounded. There are lots of side interests Mariori's illness, Agha's passions, murder, the hypocrisy, Magdelen's righteousness, the poor's need for violence, Yanakos love of his mule and so on. The one thing I suspect went over my head was the necessary knowledge of the less well known (to me) biblical characters (James, Peter etc) but despite this lack of Christian understanding I can recommend the book.

Ahmad Ezzat

رواية رائعه تصلح لكل الازمنة وكل المجتمعات وباختلاف اديانهم ، عن العرق الواحد الذي يتقاتل ابنائة وينظر لهم المحتل نظرة الشماته والفرح ، عن القس صاحب الكرش لا يهم ابدا ان كان يدفع فتاة الى الزنا من اجل مصحته الشخصية لسانه يتحدث بايات الانجيل في حين ان سلوكه يسكنه الشيطان ، عن رئيس القرية الذي ملأ القرية بابناء السفاح المهم ان يقضي نزواته ، عن صاحب الاملاك البخيل الذي يقرض ابناء القرية بالربا فيبيع املاكهم ويرميهم اى الطرقات ، عن ناظر المدرسة الجبان يرى الحق والباطل ولكن يقف بينهما لا مع الحق او الباطل ، عن المجتمع السلبي الخانع لا يهمه الا ان ياكل وينام كل يوم هانئ البال قنوع ببعض الفتات لا يهمه جوع غيره ، فاذا جاء المسيح لهذه القرية فلا بد ان يُصلب من جديد .. يُصلب باسم المسيح !ـــ " لا جدوى يا يسوع .. لا جدوى مضى على صلبك الف عام وما زال الناس يصلبونك من جديد "

مما قرأت

تعتبر رواية "المسيح يصلب من جديد" رواية من نوع مختلف عن الروايات التي أعتدنا عليها فهي من نوع القصص السيكولوجية الاجتماعية،وهي عمل فني مبتكر ، كتبها مبدع وكأنه يرسم لوحه فنية، فقد برع في وصف وتصوير لآلام المسيح، بشكل ملحمي يوصف به صراع الجنس البشري على مر التاريخ وكأن الكاتب يكتب هذه الرواية لزمننا هذا وكأنه يعيش احداث عالمنا العربي لحظه بلحظه ويتساءل ترى هل يمكن لروايه ان تعبر كل تللك العصور لتتجسد احداثهابهذا العصر ام ان زعمائنا الابطال سرقوا المسيح ليصلبوه بهذا العصر لتحميل الكتاب من هذا الرابط : http://mmaqara2tt.com/index.php/books...

Lise

One of Kazantzakis great book, exploring his concerns about the human condition, inequalities and the use of religion to oppress the weak. He does this through the story of a small Greek village in Turkish territory where, every five year or so, the Passion is enacted. The villagers who will play the key characters are selected soon after Easter the year before, so that they can prepare themselves spiritually to embody holy personages. However, the arrival of refugees from a Greek village that had been destroyed by the Turks and the aspirations of the amateur actors to emulate their characters Christian ways will lead to numerous tensions and frictions, revealing the true nature of the villagers. It is through this prism that Kazantzakis explore the issues mentioned above, and like Ilya Ehrenburg in The Stormy Life of Lasik Roitschwantz, comes to the conclusion that the religious and political authorities of Christian countries would unavoidably recrucify Jesus should he appear in their neighbourhood.

Lio Proeliator

لست أدري في حقيقة الأمر .. كيف تأخرت كل هذا الوقت في اكتشاف درّة كهذه .. لم تكن الفكرة سطحية البتة .. خط كل سطر في هذه الأعجوبة بعناية فائقة .. رسمت جميع الخطوط بفحم شديد الوضوح وأيقونات تنضح بالزيت .لم أعتقد يوماً أن تأسرني رواية طويلة بهذا الشكل .. لم أشأ قياماً عنها وحتى عند خروجي من البيت كنت أفكر متى أعود لأكمل ما بقي .الشخصيات آسرة بشكل لا حد له .. لا تدري أهو المسيح حقاً أم مانولي .. أهو يهوذا أم بانايوتي .. أهو القسيس جريجوريوس أم قيافا . يضعك كازنتزاكس على طريق طويل من التفكير .. والخيال والتأمل .. ربما في القراءة الثانية أو الثالثة أو الرابعة .. أعطي تفصيلاً أكثر لرؤياي .. لأني حتماً سأعيد هذه الرائعة مراراً .. كازنتزاكس .. ليس كمثلك شيء ! ..

احمد الانصارى

كازنتزاكى رجل عظيم..مهما حاولت اشرح مدى عظمة الرواية والاسلوب واختيار العبارات والجمل لن اوفى..الا غير قول ان الرواية تستحق القراءة ..وعظمة الفكرة المخلفة بالصياغة..رجل عظيم

Maryam Shahriari

اين كتاب از آخرين وسوسه ي مسيح، نوشته ي همين نويسنده خيلي قشنگ تر بود. منم كه عاشق حضرت مسيح هستم! خيلي لذت بردم از خوندنش. اسم مناسبي هم داشت. طوري هم نبود كه حوادث قابل پيش بيني باشه براي همين از خوندنش لذت بردم.

sina saremi

What a fantastic read! I read thhis book before I came to the UK, back in Iran. This book is banned in Iran and you get a special joy or pride or I dont know a good feeling when you do something forbidden, dont you?I read the farsi translation(Mohammad Ghazi) and it is as good as the english version, even better.go and get it and read it!

Ted Dettweiler

** spoiler alert ** This book is titled "Christ Recrucified" in some editions. I prefer the title on my book "The Greek Passion". I probably would not have even considered reading the book under the former title - doesn't sound like a novel - sounds too much like theology.This prolific Greek writer (no longer living) has more than one book on the "passion of Christ". This one is very good.Manolos, the shepherd, chosen to play Christ, is a sympathetic character. It is very difficult to portray the life of Christ in writing, so this method of writing of a person who takes on the role of Christ offers more freedom.When we read about Christ in the gospels he comes across as apolitical - though he was crucified for political reasons. Manolos takes up politics, since there is no need for him to accomplish what Christ did once for all, and it leads to his death. Like Christ, Manolos dies for political reasons. This is a "Greek" passion, though, so it is at the hands of the Greek Orthodox church that Manolos dies. This book has no problem portraying this church of being capable of doing the same to Manolos as the Jewish "church" did to Christ. Fortunately there is a sympathetic Orthodox priest in this story as well so the Greek Orthodox faith is not all painted with one wide brush.This book made me want to continue to read Kazantzakis' writing as he definitely has something to say. By Goodreaders comments and quotes I'll probably look for "Zorba The Greek" next and then "The Last Temptation of Christ" to see if the movie version totally ruined what Kazantzakis wanted to say.

Huda Yahya

3 نجوم ونصف للروايةكنت أود لو كانت مكثفة أكثر وكانت المونولوجات الوعظية أقلأتمنى أن تكون الإغواء الأخير للمسيح أفضلالنهاية جيدة جدا ~~~

Kubilay

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