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They think of me as a scholar, an intellectual, a pen-pusher. And I am none of them. When I write, my fingers get covered not in ink but in blood. I think I am nothing more than this: an undaunted soul.Nikos Kazantzakis was arguably the most important and most translated Greek writer and philosopher of the 20th century.
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Kazantzakis considered his huge epic poem (33,333 verses long)
The Odyssey: A Modern Sequel to be his most important work. Begun in 1924, he rewrote it seven times before publishing it in 1938. According to another Greek author, Pantelis Prevelakis, "it has been a superhuman effort to record his immense spiritual experience".
His most famous novels include
Zorba the Greek ,
The Last Temptation of Christ , and