Serpent and Lily : A Novella, with a Manifesto, "The Sickness of the Age" :First American Edition in dustjacket


KAZANTZAKIS, Nikos. Serpent and Lily : A novella, with a Manifesto, "The Sickness of the Age". Translated, with Introduction and Notes, by Theodora Vasils. Berkeley / Los Angeles / London : University of California Press, (1980). First US Edition. Pp (8),vii,(1),1-117,(1). 8vo, black cloth with silver lettering to spine. Nikos Kazantzakis (18 February 1883 – 26 October 1957) was a Greek writer. Widely considered a giant of modern Greek literature, he was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature in nine different years. "A young artist's first fruits ... oozing with creative blood and the delirious fever of a creator's dream ... a poem youthful and sick, beautiful and morbid. moral and immoral." Such was the welcome that Nikos Kazantzakisreceived from his publication in 1906 of Serpent and Lily, translated here for the first time. The novella, Kazantzakis' first published work, tells of an artist whose infatuation with his model becomes passion and then a torment from which its writing Kazantzakis had experienced, as an adolescent in his native Crete, his first taste of sexual love. The memory of his behavior in the affair later filled him with remorse. When he returned to Cretefor the final summer of his student years, he poured this remorse into a p rose poem shimmering with all the erotic imagery of a resurrected ancient world. An allegory? Translator-editor Theodora Vasils offers by way of answer Kazantzakis' early, untranslated essay "The Sickness of the Age," published almost simultaneously with Serpent and Lily. In this artistic manifesto,Kazantzakis sees modern man liberated from a repressive religious past int o what at first seems a fresh, pagan, animal innocence. And yet there is a flaw in the liberation. Something still enslaves, still tortures. In the morbid young hero of Serpent and Lily, who leads his beloved to his bed over which he has hung a human skull — an adornment that he views as "the most beautitul symbol of love, and most lascivious ornament for a bed," we see the young Kazantzakis in a devastating first encounter vith the artistic question of his life." (from the dj). Very good in rubbed, price-clipped spine-sunned dustjacket. 45.00

Title: Serpent and Lily : A Novella, with a Manifesto, "The Sickness of the Age" :First American Edition in dustjacket

Author Name: KAZANTZAKIS, Nikos VASILS, Theodora (trans. with intro. and notes)

Categories: 888,

Publisher: University of California Press, Berkeley, CA, 1980, ISBN:0520038851:

Seller ID: 65080

Keywords: LITERATURE GREECE LITERARY FICTION GREEK NOVELLAS,