Famous people

Nikos Kazantzakis






I hope for nothing.

Δεν ελπίζω τίποτα.

I fear nothing.

Δεν φοβούμαι τίποτα.

I am free.

Είμαι λεύτερος.



Nikos Kazantzakis was born on February 18th 1883 in Iraklion. In all of his 74 years of life he worked with all forms of the written word. His many works are heavily influenced by his spiritual search, which got him into contact with Buddhism, Christianity, Marxism, Nietzsche and Bergson.


In addition to his spiritual search Kazantzakis was deeply involved in politics.


Furthermore he made a lot of journeys, as well as he lived outside Greece for a number of years.


During the last part of his life he wrote a large number of novels, which have been translated into almost any language and made him internationally known.


In Denmark he is probably best known through Cacoyannis' (Greek Cypriot film director) screen version of his novel Zorba the Greek.


But fortunately some of his books or extracts from them have been translated into Danish too.



Nikos Kazantzakis died from leukaemia on October 26th 1957 in Freiburg in Germany and his coffin was taken to Iraklion, where he - followed by a crowd of people - was buried on the Martinego bastion on the Venetian town walls.