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KAZANTZAKIS, Nikos. England : A Travel Journal. New York : Simon and Schuster, (1965). First Printing. Pp (8),7-284,(2). 8vo, brown cloth spine, illustrated pale blue paper-covered boards, black lettering tos pine, top edge dyed brown.
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.
"England is an extraordinarity perceptive account of Kazantzakis' confrontation with a country he admired, feaed and marveled at. What he sought was a people the opposite of himself — pragmatic where he was spiritual, vithdrawn where he was exuberant, disciplined and fond of hierarchy where he was unrestrained and anarchic. At the same he set out to solve the riddle of how a people which seemed to him, at first meeting, so cold and unemotional could produce a Shakespeare,.
Written just at the outbreak of the Second World War, England is perhaps the most moving all Kazantzakis' travel books. In Spain, Journey to the Morea and Japan—China, he was seeking something he already knew, a reflection of himself in different landscapes. In England, he is examining something which he feels to be foreign, a society which fascinates him in its rigid class structure and sense of history, but which also repels him in its lack of spontaneity and its fear of emotion.
Precisely because he found England so provoking, precisely because it was so difficult for him to reconcile the genius of Shakespeare and the sweeping power of a vast empire with the smallness and the calm of a settled island society, Kazantzakis wrote, in this book, some of his best travel notes — the inspired, brilliant and always deeply felt observations of a great writer and a gifted voyager." (from the dj).
The Six Waves of Conquerors;
The English God;
The Diploma of Man [on Eton, Oxford, Cambridge, &c];
Wake Up, John Bull;
The Day, the Giant Day;
Very good in lightly browned unclipped dustjacket. 25.00
Title: England : A Travel Journal. First American Edition in dustjacket
Publisher: 1965,: 1965
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