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- DescriptionBlending historical fact and classical myth, the author of Zorba the Greek and The Last Temptation of Christ transports the reader 3,000 years into the past, to a pivotal point in history: the final days before the ancient kingdom of Mian Crete is to be conquered and supplanted by the emerging city-state of Athens. Translated by Theodora Vasils and Themi Vasils. The familiar figures who peopled that ancient world -- King Mis, Theseus and Ariadne, the Mitaur, Diadalos and Ikaros -- fill the pages of this vel with lifelike immediacy. Written originally for an Athenian youth periodical, At the Palaces of Kssos functions on several levels. Fundamentally, it is a gripping and vivid adventure story, recounted by one of this century's greatest storytellers, and peopled with freshly interpreted figures of classical Greek mythology. We see a new vision of the Mitaur, portrayed here as a bloated and sickly green monster, as much to be pitied as dreaded. And we see a grief-stricken and embittered Diadalos stomping on the homemade wax wings that have caused the drowning of his son, Ikaros. On ather level, At the Palaces of Kssos is an allegory of history, showing the supplanting of a primitive culture by a more modern civilization. Shifting the setting back and forth from Crete to Athens, Kazantzakis contrasts the languid, decaying life of the court of King Mis with the youth and vigor of the newly emerging Athens. Protected by bronze swords, by ancient magic and ritual, and by ferocious-but--longer-invincible monsters, the kingdom of Crete represents the world that must perish if classical Greek civilization is to emerge into its golden age of reason and science. In the cataclysmic final scene in which the Mitaur is killed and King Mis's sumptuous palace burned, Kazantzakis dramatizes the death of the Bronze Age, with its monsters and totems, and the birth of the Age of Iron.
- Author BiographyTheodora Vasils has translated several works by Nikos Kazantzakis. Among her other translated works are short stories published in various literary journals, and a book of poetry, In Another Light, by Koralia Theotokas. Themi Vasils, along with Theodora Vasils, has translated several works by Nikos Kazantzakis, among them Alexander the Great as well as books by other contemporary Greek writers. Their work has won high praise from Kazantzakis's widow, who comments, Never has Kazantzakis found better translators.
- Author(s)Nikos Kazantzakis
- PublisherOhio University Press
- Date of Publication31/01/1988
- SubjectGeneral & Literary Fiction
- Place of PublicationOhio
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintOhio University Press
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight367 g
- Width3887 mm
- Height5817 mm
- Spine16 mm
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