First published in 1946, "Zorba the Greek," is, on one hand, the story of a Greek working man named Zorba, a passionate lover of life, the unnamed narrator who he accompanies to Crete to work in a lignite mine, and the men and women of the town where they settle. On the other hand it is the story of God and man, The Devil and the Saints; the struggle of men to find their souls and purpose in life and it is about love, courage and faith.
Portrait of a modern hero whose capacity to live each moment to its fullest is revealed in a series of adventures in Crete.
The classic novel, international sensation, and inspiration for the film starring Anthony Quinn explores the struggle between the aesthetic and the rational, the inner life and the life of the mind. The classic novel Zorba the Greek is the story of two men, their incredible friendship, and the importance of living life to the fullest. Zorba, a Greek working man, is a larger-than-life character, energetic and unpredictable. He accompanies the unnamed narrator to Crete to work in the narrator’s lignite mine, and the pair develops a singular relationship. The two men couldn’t be further apart: The narrator is cerebral, modest, and reserved; Zorba is unfettered, spirited, and beyond the reins of civility. Over the course of their journey, he becomes the narrator’s greatest friend and inspiration and helps him to appreciate the joy of living. Zorba has been acclaimed as one of the most remarkable figures in literature; he is a character in the great tradition of Sinbad the Sailor, Falstaff, and Sancho Panza. He responds to all that life offers him with passion, whether he’s supervising laborers at a mine, confronting mad monks in a mountain monastery, embellishing the tales of his past adventures, or making love. Zorba the Greek explores the beauty and pain of existence, inviting readers to reevaluate the most important aspects of their lives and live to the fullest.
The plotless narrative of a pilotless wandering. An unholy Trinity, Zorba, the Wanderer and the Narrator, drifting in downtown Athens in Times of Troika. Decay, wrath, darkness, clashes, riots, molotovs, rendezvous and political debates in Locomotiva, a cafe situated in Exarcheia Square, the flaming heart of Athens. Dreams, realism, surrealism, intense voluptuousness, Eros, Thanatos and criminal femmes fatales, causing thousands fatalities. We the living in Times of Troika. Is there any hope in the Wasteland? Is the wandering pilotless indeed or there is a driving force behind it?