One Minute Book Review – Christ Recrucified by Nikos Kazantzakis


Set in Anatolia in the 1920s under Turkish rule, Christ Recrucified tells the story of Manolios, a shepherd, chosen to play the part of Christ in the village’s Passion Play. With the arrival of a group of refugees whose village has been destroyed by the Turks, the lives of those chosen to take part in the play come to parallel Christ’s passion. Kazantzakis’s prose vividly creates the village and the lives of its inhabitants – it truly is a masterpiece.

Originally published in 1948 with the first English edition in 1954, Christ Recrucified is still in print. Detailed discussion of the novel can be found here and here but  both do contain spoilers.

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