Monday 22 May 2023

Kazantzakis, Nikos "The Last Temptation of Christ"

Kazantzakis, Nikos "The Last Temptation of Christ" (Greek: Ο τελευταίος πειρασμός/O telefteos pirasmos) - 1951

I have read a few books that describe the life of Jesus or his disciples or other contemporaries (most recently "Barabbas"). It's always quite interesting to see how much authors add to the stories and one can imagine that this also happened with the "original".

That doesn't usually bother me either, I think we can all learn from it. But this book didn't grab me at all. There's too much jumping back and forth. That doesn't bother me otherwise either, so it must be the writer (or the translator) who failed to pique my interest.

Boock Description:

"The internationally renowned novel about the life and death of Jesus Christ.

Hailed as a masterpiece by critics worldwide,
The Last Temptation of Christ is a monumental reinterpretation of the Gospels that brilliantly fleshes out Christ’s Passion. This literary rendering of the life of Jesus Christ has courted controversy since its publication by depicting a Christ far more human than the one seen in the Bible. He is a figure who is gloriously divine but earthy and human, a man like any other - subject to fear, doubt, and pain.

In elegant, thoughtful prose Nikos Kazantzakis, one of the greats of modern literature, follows this Jesus as he struggles to live out God’s will for him, powerfully suggesting that it was Christ’s ultimate triumph over his flawed humanity, when he gave up the temptation to run from the cross and willingly laid down his life for mankind, that truly made him the venerable redeemer of men


  1. I haven't read this one yet either. Too many books, not enough time.

    1. I know, the old problem, Lark. To be honest, it's not worth it. I was told it angered many Christians when it was published but this is seventy years later and a tad outdated, I guess.

  2. I have not read this one, just heard about it through the Mel Gibson film. Which I have not seen either. Probably won't read it, although it is a pity. It is interesting to read a fictional account about this time, like with Barabbas.

    1. You are right, Lisbeth. But you definitely annot compare this with Barabbas. There are worlds between the two authors.