Nikos Kazantzakis

1883 - 1957

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Nikos Kazantzakis (Greek: Νίκος Καζαντζάκης [ˈnikos kazanˈd͡zacis]; 2 March (OS 18 February) 1883 – 26 October 1957) was a Greek writer, journalist, politician, poet and philosopher. Widely considered a giant of modern Greek literature, he was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature in nine different years, and remains the most translated Greek author worldwide.Kazantzakis's novels included Zorba the Greek (published in 1946 as Life and Times of Alexis Zorbas), Christ Recrucified (1948), Captain Michalis (1950, translated Freedom or Death), and The Last Temptation of Christ (1955). He also wrote plays, travel books, memoirs, and philosophical essays, such as The Saviors of God: Spiritual Exercises. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Nikos Kazantzakis has received more than 1,203,383 page views. His biography is available in 59 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 54 in 2019). Nikos Kazantzakis is the 240th most popular writer (down from 226th in 2019), the 71st most popular biography from Greece (down from 68th in 2019) and the 9th most popular Greek Writer.

Nikos Kazantzakis is most famous for his novel Zorba the Greek.

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Notable Works

Teleutaios peirasmos
Novel which portrays Christ as a sensitive human being who is torn between his own passionates desires and his triumphant destiny on the cross
Anaphora ston Gkreko
The Greek passion
Kapetan Michalēs
Zorba the Greek (Vios kai politeia tou Alexē Zormpa)

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Over the past year Nikos Kazantzakis has had the most page views in the with 164,459 views, followed by English (158,597), and Spanish (41,421). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are Southern Azerbaijani (148.68%), Malagasy (118.18%), and Breton (113.51%)


Among writers, Nikos Kazantzakis ranks 240 out of 7,302Before him are Nasir al-Din al-Tusi, Jaroslav Hašek, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Frédéric Mistral, Isabel Allende, and Jacob Grimm. After him are Fuzûlî, Robert Musil, John Milton, Saadi Shirazi, Halldór Laxness, and J. M. G. Le Clézio.

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Among people born in 1883, Nikos Kazantzakis ranks 11Before him are Karl Jaspers, Walter Gropius, Joseph Schumpeter, Khalil Gibran, Anton Webern, and Jaroslav Hašek. After him are Lev Kamenev, Grigory Zinoviev, Clement Attlee, Victor Francis Hess, Pierre Laval, and José Ortega y Gasset. Among people deceased in 1957, Nikos Kazantzakis ranks 8Before him are Friedrich Paulus, Jean Sibelius, John von Neumann, Miklós Horthy, Diego Rivera, and Christian Dior. After him are Humphrey Bogart, Johannes Stark, Wilhelm Reich, Arturo Toscanini, Oliver Hardy, and Henry van de Velde.

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In Greece

Among people born in Greece, Nikos Kazantzakis ranks 71 out of 1,024Before him are Ptolemy II Philadelphus (-308), Ptolemy III Euergetes (-284), Isocrates (-436), Lycurgus of Sparta (-800), Constantine I of Greece (1868), and Peleus (null). After him are Nana Mouskouri (1934), Lysippos (-390), Alcaeus of Mytilene (-620), Clement of Alexandria (150), George II of Greece (1890), and Antigonus I Monophthalmus (-382).

Among WRITERS In Greece

Among writers born in Greece, Nikos Kazantzakis ranks 9Before him are Euripides (-480), Aristophanes (-448), Aeschylus (-525), Sappho (-630), Menander (-342), and Pindar (-517). After him are Alcaeus of Mytilene (-620), Archilochus (-680), Nâzım Hikmet (1902), Simonides of Ceos (-556), Arion (-700), and Phaedrus (-20).