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Nikos Kazantzakis

Date de naissance: 18. février 1883
Date de décès: 26. octobre 1957
Autres noms:نیکوس کازانتزاکس,ნიკოს კაზანძაკისი

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Níkos Kazantzákis ou Kazantzaki ou encore Kazantsakis, né le 18 février 1883 à Héraklion, en Crète, et mort le 26 octobre 1957 à Fribourg-en-Brisgau , est un écrivain grec principalement connu pour son roman Alexis Zorba, adapté au cinéma sous le titre Zorba le Grec par le réalisateur Michael Cacoyannis, et pour son roman La Dernière Tentation du Christ, également adapté au cinéma par le réalisateur Martin Scorsese sous le titre La Dernière Tentation du Christ .

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Citations Nikos Kazantzakis

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„If you are a man of learning, fight in the skull, kill ideas and create new ones.“

— Nikos Kazantzakis
Context: If you are a man of learning, fight in the skull, kill ideas and create new ones. God hides in every idea as in every cell of flesh. Smash the idea, set him free! Give him another, a more spacious idea in which to dwell.

„They have fulfilled their duty.
But today we have gone beyond these needs; we have shattered this particular mask of the Abyss; our God no longer fits under the old features.“

— Nikos Kazantzakis
Context: I do not care what face other ages and other people have given to the enormous, faceless essence. They have crammed it with human virtues, with rewards and punishments, with certain ties. They have given a face to their hopes and fears, they have submitted their anarchy to a rhythm, they have found a higher justification by which to live and labor. They have fulfilled their duty. But today we have gone beyond these needs; we have shattered this particular mask of the Abyss; our God no longer fits under the old features. Our hearts have overbrimmed with new agonies, with new luster and silence. The mystery has grown savage, and God has grown greater. The dark powers ascend, for they have also grown greater, and the entire human island quakes. Let us stoop down to our hearts and confront the Abyss valiantly. Let us try to mold once more, with our flesh and blood, the new, contemporary face of God. For our God is not an abstract thought, a logical necessity, a high and harmonious structure made of deductions and speculations. He is not an immaculate, neutral, odorless, distilled product of our brains, neither male nor female. He is both man and woman, mortal and immortal, dung and spirit. He gives birth, fecundates, slaughters — death and eros in one — and then he begets and slays once more, dancing spaciously beyond the boundaries of a logic which cannot contain the antinomies.

„I am also, without doubt, a part of the visible and the invisible Universe. We are one.“

— Nikos Kazantzakis
Context: I am NOT nothing! A vaporous phosphorescence on a damp meadow, a miserable worm that crawls and loves, that shouts and talks about wings for an hour or two until his mouth is blocked with earth. The dark powers give no other answer. But within me a deathless Cry, superior to me, continues to shout. For whether I want to or not, I am also, without doubt, a part of the visible and the invisible Universe. We are one.

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