Kazantzakis' masterpiece ‘Zorba the Greek’ reprinted in Persian
Publish Date : Tuesday 10 July 2018 - 21:08
IBNA- The Persian translation of Nikos Kazantzakis’ magnum opus ‘Zorba the Greek’ accomplished by Taimur Safari in 1968, reached to the fifth edition.
According to IBNA
correspondent, the novel was first published in 1946 and was faced with an international acclaim and Kazantzakis
soared to international fame. ‘Zorba the Greek’
was also warmly received in Iran and various translations of the work are available in Persian.
Kazantzakis was influenced by various schools of thought and thinkers such as Christianity, Buddhism, the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche
, Henri Bergson
, Henry James and Arthur Schopenhauer
whose influence are clearly visible in ‘Zorba the Greek’.
‘Zorba the Greek’ is the story of two men, their incredible friendship, and the importance of living life to the fullest.
Zorba, a Greek working man, is a larger-than-life character, energetic and unpredictable. He accompanies the unnamed narrator to Crete to work in the narrator’s lignite mine, and the pair develops a singular relationship.
The two men couldn’t be further apart: The narrator is cerebral, modest, and reserved; Zorba is unfettered, spirited, and beyond the reins of civility.
Over the course of their journey, he becomes the narrator’s greatest friend and inspiration and helps him to appreciate the joy of living.
A film adaptation of the novel was made in 1964 by Michael Cacoyannis
starring Anthony Quinn
as the title character and became a hit.