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Nikos Kazantzakis

  • Birth 18 Feb 1883 Heraklion, Regional unit of Heraklion, Crete, Greece
  • Death 26 Oct 1957 Freiburg im Breisgau, Freiburg im Breisgau Stadtkreis, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
  • Burial Heraklion, Regional unit of Heraklion, Crete, Greece
  • Memorial ID 13175203

Writer. He was born in Candia (now Heraklion, Crete). He is considered one of the most importants greek writers of all times. He is best remembered for his book Life and Time of Alexis Zorbas (Zorba the Greek). He also wrote The Last Temptation, Christ Recrucified, Askitikis, Sodom and Gomorrha, Freedom and Death, God's Pauper, Report to Greco and Travels, with the author's impressions of Spain, Italy, Sinai, Japan, England, Russia, Jerusalem and Cyprus. He died in Germany, and when his body arrives in Athens, the Greek Orthodox Church refuses to allow it to lie in state. The body is transferred to Crete, where it is viewed in the cathedral church of Heraklion. A huge procession follows it to interment on the Venetian ramparts. Later, Kazantzakis’ chosen epitaph is inscribed on the tomb: "Den elpizo tipota. Den fovumai tipota. Eimai eleftheros." (I hope for nothing. I fear nothing. I am free.)
Cause of death: Leukemia.

Bio by: José L Bernabé Tronchoni

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  • Originally Created by: José L Bernabé Tronchoni
  • Added: 30 Jan 2006
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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Nikos Kazantzakis (18 Feb 1883–26 Oct 1957), Find A Grave Memorial no. 13175203, citing Martinego Bastion, Heraklion, Regional unit of Heraklion, Crete, Greece ; Maintained by Find A Grave .